The New England Patriots are still without Dion Lewis.
The speedy running back, who tore his ACL last November and subsequently underwent surgery twice, has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list this season.
He was eligible to return to Patriots practice Tuesday, but did not participate all week. Once Lewis returns to practice, New England would have up to three weeks before having to officially move him up to the 53-man roster.
Lewis was spotted in the team locker room after practice on Friday, apparently without any appliance or bracing on his knee.
Dion Lewis just walked through the locker room. Nothing on his knee.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) October 21, 2016
The Patriots running game hasn’t slacked without Lewis so far.
The 6-foot, 250-pound bruising LeGarrette Blount has totaled 439 yards this season, seventh in the NFL this season, and 6 touchdowns, good for second in the league.
James White has been a terrific complement to Blount’s power game through the Patriots’ first 6 games. White put forth his best effort in the team’s 35-17 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, catching 8 balls for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 19 yards on the ground.
The Steelers run defense ranks 13th in the NFL entering New England’s marquee matchup with Pittsburgh on Sunday.