New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis has been at practice for the past couple of weeks as he returns from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Lewis tore his ACL last season and required additional surgery this offseason to fix his fractured patella.
There’s a chance that Lewis could play after the Patriots bye week, according to the Herald’s Jeff Howe.
The Patriots are “holding out hope running back Dion Lewis will be ready for next week’s game against the Seahawks, according to a source,” Howe writes. “Lewis has participated in all three practices since debuting during last Thursday’s workout, and the hope for all involved is that he’ll be available to play in his first game in Week 10 at Gillette Stadium.”
Prior to his injury last season, Lewis was one of the most dynamic players in the entire league, recording 622 yards and 4 touchdowns over seven games. Lewis is a major threat as a runner and a receiver and would join the long list of talented players on offense, including tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, wide receivers Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Danny Amendola, and running backs LeGarrette Blount and James White.
The last time the Patriots faced off against the Seahawks, the offense relied heavily on running back Shane Vereen to make plays and to move the chains. Lewis would be a major help to the team if he is able to play.