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Dion Lewis | Running Back | #33

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (149) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Dion Lewis (knee, PUP) returned to practice Thursday.
The practice starts the 21-day clock for the Patriots to activate Lewis off the PUP list. Lewis is not going to play this week, but it is possible he is ready to go following the Week 9 bye. Even if a diminished or limited Lewis would seriously wound, if not outright cripple, James White's fantasy value. Oct 27 - 1:02 PM

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CSN New England's Tom Curran reports Dion Lewis' second "clean-up" surgery in August was to repair a patella stress fracture.

Lewis is expected back at practice at some point this week, though he wasn't on the field for the portion open to the media Wednesday. Prior to Wednesday, all we'd known about Lewis' August surgery was that it was viewed as a setback. Patella stress fractures are apparently common in ACL rehabs. The Patriots are expected to "tread carefully" with Lewis.
Oct 26 - 2:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Dion Lewis (knee, PUP) is expected back at practice this week.

Once Lewis steps foot on the practice field, it'll open a 21-day window for the Patriots to activate him from reserve/PUP. According to RapSheet, Lewis is "doing well," but we'd consider him highly questionable for Week 8 against the Bills. It's anybody's guess when Lewis will be back, and with James White playing really well as the pass-game back, it's unclear what Lewis' role would be. He's still worth adding in 14-team leagues purely as a stash.
Oct 26 - 9:17 AM

The Boston Herald believes it's "certainly possible" Dion Lewis' (PUP, knee) return "isn't imminent."

Lewis was eligible to practice this week, but couldn't. The Patriots have a 21-day window to bring him back onto the practice field and many exercise that right for as long as possible before activating him. Lewis is only stash worthy in deeper leagues. James White will be the passing-down back indefinitely.
Oct 21 - 1:06 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Dion Lewis (knee, PUP) "probably" won't practice this week.

OG Tre' Jackson (knee) is also a long shot to practice this week. Lewis landed on the PUP list after suffering a setback in his recovery from knee surgery. Obviously he won't be returning against the Bengals in Week 7. James White will continue to fill Lewis' role as the Patriots' passing-down back.
Oct 18 - 11:35 AM

MassLive's Kevin Duffy believes the Patriots could "proceed cautiously" with RB Dion Lewis (knee, PUP).

Lewis is officially eligible to return next week, but there has been painfully little information on his recovery since he underwent a "clean-up" surgery in late August. A return after the Week 9 bye might be more likely, especially considering how careful the Patriots were with Rob Gronkowski, but Lewis' status is truly up in the air.
Source: Mass Live
Oct 13 - 10:02 AM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Jacoby Brissett
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Brandon Bolden
4D.J. Foster
5Dion Lewis
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski