As has been reported earlier today, running back Dion Lewis tore his ACL during yesterday's 27-10 victory over the visiting Washington Redskins. A few hours after initial reports surfaced, the Patriots have officially placed Lewis on season-ending injured reserve.
The team released an official statement regarding the transaction, which reads as follows:
The New England Patriots announced that they have placed RB Dion Lewis on injured reserve.
Lewis, 25, started in six and played in seven games for the Patriots in 2015 and accumulated 234 yards rushing on 49 attempts with two touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 388 yards with two touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 195-pounder, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Feb. 6, 2015. He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick (149th overall) by Philadelphia in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh. Lewis was traded by Philadelphia to Cleveland on April 11, 2013. He has played in 31 games with six starts and has 405 yards rushing with four touchdowns and 409 receiving yards with two touchdowns.
Since the team did not announce an additional transaction, the roster currently stands at 52. Expect the last remaining spot to be quickly filled either by a practice squad promotion or via signing a free agent.