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Dion Lewis | Running Back | #33

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (149) / PHI
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Patriots placed RB Dion Lewis (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.
He will be eligible to return in Week 7, but it is unclear if he will be ready by then. After the team's Week 9 bye might be a more realistic target. Set to miss most of the fantasy year, Lewis does not need to be drafted in standard formats. Aug 30 - 5:11 PM

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The Boston Herald reports Dion Lewis' knee surgery will sideline him for 8-10 weeks.

The procedure is viewed as "relatively minor," but was required following Lewis' ACL tear last November. He was presumably dealing with loose particles in the knee. A source told the Herald that Lewis still "has a good chance of playing in 2016," even if he is likely to open on the season on reserve/PUP. The Herald adds that James White "has had the best summer of his three-year career."
Aug 21 - 5:04 PM

Dion Lewis' second knee procedure will be a "clean-up" surgery.

It's an important distinction and it leaves the door open for a return later this season. It's still likely Lewis will open 2016 on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him at least the first six games. Receiving back James White will get a lot more usage with Lewis sidelined.
Aug 21 - 12:56 PM

The Boston Globe reports Dion Lewis needs a second surgery on his already surgically repaired knee.

James White just got a lot more interesting. Lewis tore his ACL last November 8. Although he's been seen in the Patriots' locker room getting around normally and without a brace, Lewis' need for more surgery will almost certainly keep him on reserve/PUP for New England's first six games. The news makes Lewis a tough sell as a fantasy pick in normal-sized leagues. White is now worthy of serious consideration in the mid-to-late rounds of PPR drafts.
Aug 21 - 12:09 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said Dion Lewis (ACL) starting the year on the reserve/PUP list will become a "stronger possibility" if he doesn't practice this week.

Reiss believes coach Bill Belichick is considering having Lewis sit out the first six games of the regular season, which would give him almost a full calendar year to recover from a torn ACL. Lewis was on the field for New England's last spring practice but hasn't suited up for any of the team's training camp activities and remains on the active/PUP list. For what it's worth, Reiss doesn't expect the Patriots to pursue Karlos Williams, who was cut by the Bills last week.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 8:53 AM

The Boston Herald believes the Patriots could hold Dion Lewis (ACL) out of practice for the duration of training camp, but that he would still be ready for Week 1.

Lewis suited up for minicamp, but has yet to pad up in August, and his return doesn't appear to be in sight. Reporter Jeff Howe believes it could simply be a matter of the Pats saving Lewis' bullets for the regular season. Lewis' career has been derailed time and again by injury, not just last year's torn ACL. The Pats could have decided any exposure to summer reps is an unnecessary risk. This being the Pats, there's no way to know their true motivations for sure. Lewis is a high-risk, high-reward RB2.
Aug 18 - 1:45 PM

Dion Lewis (ACL, active/PUP) has yet to practice in training camp.

Even for the notoriously secretive Patriots, this is an odd situation. Lewis was able to participate and reportedly looked good at minicamps in June, and there have not been any reports of a setback. Still, he has not even been seen on the practice field during camp, and there have been murmurs of him opening the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games. That still appears unlikely, but the concern grows with every missed practice. Lewis still has the upside to be drafted as a fringe RB2, but he is a risky pick.
Source: Mass Live
Aug 18 - 8:38 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports the Patriots are being cautious with Dion Lewis (ACL, active/PUP) with a goal of "preserving" him.

Per Reiss, "The expectation of those close to Lewis was that the team would take it slow with him because preserving him for the 16-game regular season is the goal." This makes a lot of sense, and explains why Reiss believes Lewis' usage could be scaled back during the regular season after he logged 66 percent of the team's offensive snaps when healthy last year.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 7 - 3:20 PM

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald said it's "unlikely" Dion Lewis (knee) will open the regular season on the reserve/PUP list.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal shares this belief. This comes only hours after Ben Volin of the Boston Globe suggested Lewis could land on reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games. Per Howe, Lewis feels he can play right now but the Patriots have kept him out as a precaution. When healthy, Lewis is a weekly RB2 with RB1 upside in PPR formats. James White would likely fill the Patriots' third-down role if Lewis faces an extended absence.
Aug 5 - 4:02 PM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin believes Dion Lewis (knee) "might" start the season on reserve/PUP.

Lewis practiced at June minicamp, but he hasn't been seen at all at training camp. He's currently on the active/PUP list, and there's been very little word on his recovery since he tore his ACL back in November. Opening the season on reserve/PUP would cost Lewis at least the first six weeks. The Patriots are a team to watch at final cuts next month when running backs hit the market.
Aug 5 - 12:10 PM

Patriots placed RB Dion Lewis (ACL) and Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) on the active/PUP list.

This doesn't hint where either player is in their respective recoveries, though it is a small surprise Lewis hasn't been cleared for training camp. Lewis did participate at June minicamp, practicing without a brace on his surgically repaired knee. We suspect he'll be activated onto the 90-man roster within a few weeks, if not sooner. Edelman's recovery is going to be more complex.
Jul 25 - 5:55 PM

Dion Lewis (ACL) practiced without a brace on Monday.

It's a great sign, but Lewis still has a ways to go in his rehab, by his own admission. "...At the beginning, it was a little scary, but every day I get stronger," Lewis said. "I feel better every day but still have a long way to go." Lewis is on track for Week 1, but will likely be babied along through camp. He is still only seven months removed from going down.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 2:39 PM

Dion Lewis (ACL) returned to practice on Monday.

Lewis is only seven months removed from a torn ACL, but has already advanced to cutting. Patriots beat writers posted videos of Lewis making jump cuts at Monday's session. He is on track for Week 1. The 25-year-old totaled 599 yards from scrimmage in his first six games last season. Health permitting, Lewis will offer RB1 upside in PPR leagues this year.
Jun 13 - 11:52 AM

Dion Lewis said his rehab from a November ACL tear is "going well."

"Just doing whatever I'm allowed to every day," Lewis said. "Trying to listen to the trainers and whatever they let me to do, I do it as hard as I can." Lewis has not participated in OTAs and is expected to sit out minicamps as well. He could return in time for training camp, and ESPN's Mike Reiss reports he is fully expected to be ready for Week 1. After recording 622 total yards and four touchdowns in seven games last season, Lewis will bring high-end RB2 upside if he is healthy.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 4 - 11:08 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss reports Dion Lewis (ACL) is fully expected to be ready for Week 1.

Lewis tore his ACL on November 8. Reiss reports people close to Lewis believe he could be ready to play in a month. The Patriots will likely limit him throughout the offseason program and into training camp, but Lewis' availability for the regular season does not appear to be in doubt. Lewis tallied 622 total yards and four touchdowns in just seven games last season. His role should remain secure as New England's dynamic space/passing-down back.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 11:11 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Jimmy Garoppolo
2Jacoby Brissett
3Tom Brady
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Brandon Bolden
4D.J. Foster
5Dion Lewis
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Clay Harbor
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Jonathan Cooper
3Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski