Dion Lewis has finally provided a small glint of hope for the New England Patriots as they begin to look positively at their running back and his road to recovery. The injury-prone running back is probably dying to get back on the green with his teammates.
ESPN reported that individuals who are within a tighter proximity to Lewis are saying that, Dion Lewis is around a month away from being fully recovered, which increases hope to his team that he will be available for the September 11 season opener against the Cardinals.
Playing the Washington Redskins last year on November 8, Lewis tore his ACL and underwent surgery a week and a half later, and was expected to make a full recovery. Inquisitr covered the latest Dion Lewis injury previously.
Luckily for Dion Lewis and the Patriots, this is a perfect time to go through recovery. Allowing close to three months to fully recover, it is ideal for Lewis. His team is contemplating on bringing him slowly onto the field and don’t plan on rushing things at this time; instead they will focus on his recovery and physical therapy to ensure his health. It is safe to say that we can expect to see a minimal amount of Dion Lewis during the training camp or the organized team activities that began earlier this week.
RB Dion Lewis' recovery from torn left ACL progressing; his availability for season-opener Sept. 11 looks promising. https://t.co/Y2kHJdT6tf— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 24, 2016
The first season he played for the Patriots, Lewis achieved 388 receiving yards, 36 catches, four touchdowns, 234 rushing yards, and 49 carries, all within the span of seven games and six starts. However, for the 195-pound Lewis, his initial season’s curtain for the Patriots got called when he tore his left ACL.
According to the NFL website, the 25-year-old running back, prior to playing for the Patriots, was on the 53-man roster for the Colts the previous season but was cut one week after, having not even played a single game. The reason for signing him was that he was initially brought in to help boost the depth behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw while also hoping to make him into a returner, reported ESPN. The stats for the one game he was with the team, they lost by three points to the Eagles, the team that Lewis played with the previous two seasons.
As mentioned above, prior to the Colts, Lewis played for the Philadelphia Eagles for a total of two seasons. His total stats for his career for the last four seasons are 405 rushing yards, 39 catches, 409 receiving yards, 85 carries, and six touchdowns. He made most of his career stats pop especially as a running back for the Patriots.
Lewis sports the unretired number, 33, the same number that used to represent Kevin Faulk. During a conference call with CSNNE, Faulk was in pure amazement at the level of skill that Dion Lewis displayed on the field.
“I think the first thought was, ‘Wow, where did you come from’ – He’s doing his thing, I can’t believe that he looks similar; he does a lot of the same things [as me].”
It was because of Faulk and his prior achievements that Dion Lewis’ position is one of such importance to the Patriots. Faulk paved the path to utilizing long-term running backs such as Dion Lewis. In today’s game, it is a position that the Patriots choose not to leave empty.
The good news out of all of this is that we can hope to see Lewis out on the field this September, as long as there are no further medical complications. You can look to the Inquisitr to find more information on upcoming medical updates for Dion Lewis and whether or not he will be on the field for the season opener.
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