The long wait is over. After sustaining a torn ACL last season and suffering a setback during his recovery, New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis has officially returned to practice.
Lewis began the season on the PUP list and was first officially allowed to return to the practice field on the Tuesday of Week 7. He did not partake in Patriots practice all of that week and missed the Patriots’ Week 7 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that he has reached the practice field, the Patriots have 21 days to elevate him to the 53-man roster.
Dion Lewis (33) is back at practice. pic.twitter.com/d7SnqqK5pw
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 27, 2016
The Patriots haven’t exactly missed Lewis this season.
Power back LeGarrette 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.
Pass-catching back James 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.