Lewis (torn ACL) has been placed on IR by the Patriots. Lewis, who played in seven games for the Patriots this season, recording 234 rushing yards on 49 attempts with two TDs, also caught 36 passes for 388 yards, adding two receiving scores in the process. Lewis -- who previously signed a two-year contract extension with the team through the 2017 season -- should be back in time to try to reclaim his "passing back" role in the New England offense next season. In the meantime, the Patriots will turn to James White and Brandon Bolden to serve as change-of-pace options behind LeGarrette Blount, the team's top "big back."
Patriots running back Dion Lewis suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday against Washington, ESPN.com reports. With Lewis, who had carved out a significant role in the Patriots' offense, particularly as a pass-catcher out of the team's backfield, now out of the mix, some combo of James White and Brandon Bolden will be called upon to help fill the change-of-pace void behind LeGarrette Blount, who is in line to do the heavy lifting in the team's ground game going forward. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots' current RB pecking order is now Blount, followed by White and then Bolden, with Travaris Cadet a candidate to be brought back by the team as a depth option.
Lewis is slated to undergo an MRI on his left knee, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Per the report, while Lewis is not dealing with any swelling just yet, his ACL may be "loose." If so, that's obviously not the greatest sign, but we'll hold off on any estimation of how much time the running back might miss until after the results of his MRI are revealed.
ESPN's Mike Reiss relays that coach Bill Belichick did not have an update on on the status of Lewis (knee) following Sunday's win over Washington. If Lewis is forced to miss time beyond Sunday, Reiss suggests that James White and/or Brandon Bolden would be options to help fill the the void behind early-down back LeGarrette Blount, with Travaris Cadet also a candidate to be brought back by the Patriots.
Lewis was forced out of Sunday's game against Washington with a knee injury. With Lewis sidelined for the remainder of the contest and James White inactive on Sunday, Brandon Bolden is on hand to spell LeGarrette Blount in the Patriots' Week 9 offense. If Lewis ends up missing time beyond Sunday, White would figure to absorb a good chunk of the New England backfield's change-of-pace work.
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