Getting both of these players back would be huge for their respective units as Andrews (illness) and quarterback Tom Brady have a solid rapport with one another and the miscues that occurred last week that resulted in a botched snap and a Dolphins touchdown wth Ted Karras under center likely wouldn’t have occurred under Andrews’ watch.
Slater (hamstring), meanwhile, would be another key body to have back on specials teams especially in the wake of Nate Ebner suffering a season-ending knee injury last week against the Miami.
Howe also notes that following the Jason King release, LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) has progressed faster than expected this week and could be able to play Sunday with that sprained ankle. Waddle has been starting in place of Marcus Cannon — who has already been ruled out for Week 13 — at the right tackle spot. If Waddle ultimately isn’t able to go, Cameron Fleming would start in his place.
The Patriots will make their final call on these players approximately 90 minutes before kickoff with their inactives list before kickoff in Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. ET.