Lewis' inclusion on the list comes as little surprise, given that he is bouncing back from surgery this past November to repair a torn ACL. To date, his progress appears to be going well, but the running back will be one to watch in the coming weeks, nonetheless. Players on the active/PUP list are eligible to come off the list (and resume practice) at any time during training camp, though as long as Lewis is out or slowed at all, the likes of UDFA D.J. Foster and veteran Donald Brown figure to have added opportunities to make cases to secure spots in the Patriots' 2016 backfield.
While Lewis' level of participation was not specified, it was notably his first appearance at practice since undergoing surgery in November to repair a torn ACL. Assuming no setbacks, it would appear as though Lewis has a good shot to be healthy in advance of Week 1, at which time he'd presumably work in tandem with power back LeGarrette Blount. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown, James White, Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Foster are in line to jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield.
Lewis, who wasn't present at last week's OTA's, relayed Friday that his rehab from a torn ACL is "going well," WEEI.com reports.
While it's unlikely that Lewis will participate in the Patriots' upcoming minicamp, the report notes that he was spotted on the field Friday at QB Tom Brady's Brady's "Best Buddies Football Challenge." Though the running back "appeared to be going at half speed and didn't cut," it's nonetheless encouraging to see him moving around on the field in any capacity, as he continues to bounce back from his Nov. 18 knee surgery. While it's not surprising that Lewis is taking things slowly at this stage, ESPN.com suggests that he appears on track to be ready to play in advance of Week 1, in the absence of any setbacks.
With training camp still two months away, the Patriots have no incentive to rush Lewis' progress. Having suffered his torn ACL in early November, Lewis will be 10 months removed from the incident by Week 1. If healthy, he figures to again work in tandem with LeGarrette Blount in the New England backfield. Lewis is believed to be on track for the beginning of the regular season.
Dion Lewis (torn ACL) has been placed on IR by the New England 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."
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