New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis suffered a torn ACL last November, but is expected back in time for Week 1 of the 2016 season, according to ESPN.
Per the report, written by Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss, Lewis’ surgeon Dr. James Andrews is “encouraged” by his patient’s recovery and even lightly suggested that Lewis was ahead of schedule.
If that is indeed the case, New England fans should get excited. Lewis, a former fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh, finally broke out in New England last season after being out of football for two years. He wound up rushing for just 234 yards and two touchdowns, but excelled as a pass-catching running back to the tune of 36 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. In an offense as versatile as New England’s, that type of skill set is ideal.
Lewis’ presence was certainly missed last year, as the injury bug bit New England hard. But if he’s fully healthy heading into the 2016 season, the Patriots’ offense is going to be hard to slow down.
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