Patriots fans got some bad news today, as one of their key playmakers will mis the majority of the regular season.
According to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, New England Patriots' running back Dion Lewis must undergo a second knee surgery only nine months after a torn ACL ended his 2015 season.
As per Tom E. Curran of CSN New England, the procedure does not involve any of the tendons Lewis injured last season, but will require an additional 8-10 weeks of recovery time. This 'clean up' surgery will mean that Lewis will start the regular season on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list.
This is a disappointing setback for the 25-year old, who returned to the practice field for the end of OTAs this spring, but was placed on PUP to start preseason. He emerged as an offensive threat for the Pats', as he went for over 600 total yards from scrimmage and chipped in 4 touchdowns in 7 regular season starts.
James White will likely take on Lewis' role as New England's primary receiving back, rotating into games behind starter LeGarrette Blount.