After tearing his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in November 2015 with the New England Patriots, running back Dion Lewis will have a “cleanup” knee surgery, sidelining him indefinitely. According to ESPN Inside Source Adam Schefter, there’s definitely a chance he could return this season.
Dion lewis was a vital contributor to the Patriots running game last season. He had 49 carries for 234 rushing yards (4.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns along with 38 receptions for 338 receiving yards and two touchdowns in seven games played. He was the second string back behind LaGarette Blount and Brandon Bolden.
Lewis was a full participant in spring practices in June and was concerned about staying healthy. “At the beginning, it was a little scary, but every day I get stronger,” Lewis said. “I feel better every day, but, still have a long way to go.”
Training camp began on July 28th and Lewis was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He did not wear in knee brace in June during spring practices.
There is no timetable on when Lewis will return to the field.
“The trainers wouldn’t put me out there if they didn’t think I was ready,” Lewis said. “I wouldn’t have went out there if I didn’t think I was ready. I wouldn’t consider this a milestone. I wouldn’t consider it a checkpoint. I consider it another day working hard and trying to get better and stronger.”
In the offseason, the Patriots added two more running backs to their depth chart. They signed eight-year veteran Donald Brown who signed with the Patriots on March 17, 2016. He previously played for the San Diego Chargers and was then released on March 3, 2016. He had one rushing touchdown on 59 carries for 229 rushing yards (average 2.9 yards per carry). Brown is listed third on the Patriots unofficial depth chart.
At the fourth string spot on the depth chart is rookie D.J. Foster. Foster went undrafted out of Arizona State and signed with the Patriots on May 6, 2016. He played 53 career games at Arizona State and had 444 rushing attempts for 2,355 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He was also a terrific receiver hauling in 222 catches for 2,458 receiving yards with 14 touchdowns.
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