It looks like Dion Lewis, who missed the last two NFL seasons, is out of the game again. Yahoo News is reporting that the RB for the New England Patriots tore his ACL during Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins. While the Patriots would go on to win the game 27-10, the injury suffered by Dion Lewis is now being placed on the injured reserve list and is expected to be benched for the rest of the season.
Dion Lewis made it about 2/3 of the way through the third quarter when he was tackled from behind by Washington's Chris Baker. Lewis was clearly in extreme pain, but was able to walk himself off of the field and straight to the locker room.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that there is a good chance that Dion Lewis being out of commission will result in LaGarrette Blount being utilized much more. Blount, who managed a career-high 29 carries and 129 rushing yards on Sunday after Lewis was injured might be just the ticket for the main RB position.
In addition to the RB possibilities already on the team, it's also entirely possible that the New England Patriots could be out shopping for a free-agent running back, New England Sports News is reporting. With their star Dion Lewis out for the duration, the team is definitely looking into all of their options. Near the top of the list is Travaris Cadet, who joined the Patriots at training camp. He's still available, and because he trained with the team including Dion Lewis, he might be an excellent addition to the team.While individual player's egos might be marginally important, right now it looks like the New England Patriots' management is just trying to preserve the team's undefeated, 8-0 season. Even if that will have to be accomplished without Dion Lewis. Even if it has to be done with a huge roster of rotating back-up RB's.
Prior to Lewis tearing his ACL in Sunday's game against the Redskins, he'd been dealing with a rocky game. Despite being favored by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, he'd already fumbled twice and dropped a few passes. Even so, he seemed to largely be pulling his own weight up until he was injured and hobbled off of the field.
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