When Patriots running back Dion Lewis went down during yesterday's game against the Washington Redskins, fans were hoping for the best but fearing the worst. After initial reports that Lewis could have dodged a bullet by "only" suffering an injury to his MCL brought a little hope, today's news are a tough blow: according to the Boston Globe's Jim McBride, Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
The 25-year old Lewis played his first year with the Patriots after sitting out the entire 2014 season due to injuries. Still, Lewis won the race to become the Patriots' passing back and quickly showed why the coaches brought him in: he was shifty, elusive and a threat with the ball in his hands. In the seven games he played this year, he collected 622 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns – all numbers are easily career highs. New England's front office obviously liked what Lewis brought to the table and even extended him for two years.
With the shifty Lewis out for the year, second-year running back James White and career special teamer Brandon Bolden get thrown into the spotlight as possible replacements. Free agents like Travaris Cadet, who was with the team during training camp and preseason, or Dri Archer are other possibilities.
All the best and a speedy recovery, Dion! Get well soon!