The New England Patriots are awaiting the return of speedy running back Dion Lewis.
In his Tuesday morning press conference, head coach Bill Belichick did not close the door on Lewis’ return to practice this week. Lewis was first eligible to return to the practice field on Tuesday of Week 7, but he did not dress. Once he does rejoin his teammates, the Patriots would have 21 days to elevated the running back to the 53-man roster.
And then early Wednesday morning, NFL.com reported Lewis is expected to return to practice this week.
The highly-anticipated return will have to wait at least one day, however:
Dion Lewis was not at practice today
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 26, 2016
LeGarrette Blount and James White have done stellar jobs manning the Patriots running game with Lewis sidelined.
Blount is 6th in the NFL with 556 yards through seven games. Blount’s 8 rushing touchdowns are a career-high and tied with Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson and San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon for the NFL lead.
White is 6th in the league in running back receiving yards with 244. He’s tied with Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick for the lead league in receiving touchdowns by running backs with 3. White turned a short dump-off pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter of Week 7 into a 19-yard touchdown catch and run. Only David Johnson has compiled more yards after catch than White this season.
White has also caught 11 balls for first downs on the year.