The Panthers have waived Lewis (hamstring) from injured reserve after reaching an injury settlement, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Lewis will become a free agent and can sign with another team as soon as he's deemed healthy. The 27-year-old wide receiver played seven games for the Saints last year and posted three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Lewis (hamstring) was waived/injured by Carolina on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Lewis missed Tuesday's practice due to the hamstring issue, and, as evidenced by this news, the injury appears to be serious. If the veteran goes unclaimed on waivers, he'll revert to the team's injured reserve for the 2020 season barring an injury settlement.
Lewis (hamstring) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Lewis was poised for increased practice reps since Curtis Samuel (hamstring), Seth Roberts (concussion) and Keith Kirkwood (shoulder) are all tending to injuries, but now he'll join them on the sidelines. The 27-year-old wide receiver was on the roster bubble anyway, and this hurts his chances of making the final roster.
Lewis signed with the Panthers on Sunday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.
Lewis was let go by the Saints earlier in August, and now he'll vie for a roster spot with the NFC South foe. The 27-year-old didn't make a 53-man roster in 2019, and he recorded just 20 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns between 2016 and 2018.
The Saints waived Lewis on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Lewis combined for 20 catches, 272 yards and two touchdowns while taking seven carries for 35 yards in 34 contests with the Saints between 2016 and 2018. On top of that, he averaged 9.3 yards on 36 punt returns and 22.0 yards on 24 kick returns. After not playing a game last season, he was brought back to New Orleans via a reserve/future contract. Unfortunately for Lewis, he was cut loose as the Saints made moves to get to 80 players on the roster.
Lewis signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis is best remembered as the guy who was decked by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman in last year's NFC Championship Game. Lewis moved on from New Orleans after the controversial no-call, signing with the Lions but then failing to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll hope to win his way back into favor with the Saints, having made 34 appearances for the team between 2016 and 2018. Lewis can return kickoffs and punts, in addition to serving as a part-time deep threat or trick-play specialist on offense. He'll face an uphill battle to make the roster if return specialist Deonte Harris stays healthy.
Lewis worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans may be looking for a new kick returner as they make their playoff push, as they tried out Victor Bolden as well. DeAndre Carter -- their current returner -- has averaged 20.7 yards per return, ranking 23rd among players with over 10 attempts.
Lewis tried out for the Ravens on Monday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
It was Lewis' first reported tryout this season after he was let go by the Lions before the new campaign started. There was no official word on a contract, but the veteran would add depth as well as return ability to any team that signs him.
Lewis was cut by the Lions on Friday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Lewis was activated off the PUP a few weeks ago after being sidelined with an undisclosed injury. With the Lions boasting quality depth at wide receiver, Lewis was going to have a tough time making the team's final roster. He'll now be an unrestricted free agent with the regular season right around the corner.
Lewis (undisclosed) was activated off the PUP list Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Lewis will now resume practicing with the team. The fourth-year pro spent his first three seasons in New Orleans, and is now working to earn a depth role with the Lions. Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are entrenched as Detroit's top three options at wideout, but Lewis could realistically earn the fourth or fifth job if he notches an impressive preseason.
Lewis will start training camp on the Lions' preseason PUP list with an undisclosed injury.
Lewis will be allowed to participate in team meetings and use the training and medical facilities, but cannot practice with the team. The 26-year-old pass-catcher played his first three seasons with the Saints before landing a deal with the Lions this offseason. With Detroit's lack of depth at wide receiver, Lewis has a chance to earn a role as the team's forth or fifth option should his health allow it.
Lewis is signing with the Lions, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Lewis caught on with the Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and ultimately had 20 catches, seven carries, 36 punt returns and 24 kick returns in 34 regular-season appearances. His most memorable moment occurred toward the end of the 2018 NFC Championship Game when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman got away with a blatant penalty in the red zone. Lewis will bring speed and versatility to Detroit, where the lack of depth behind Marvin Jones (knee), Kenny Golladay (chest) and Danny Amendola should give the 26-year-old a good chance to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Lewis doesn't offer much potential for fantasy contribution outside of return-yardage leagues (and even that is far from a guarantee with Jamal Agnew on the Detroit roster).
The Saints aren't expected to tender Lewis a contract for 2019 ahead of Wednesday's deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis suited up for seven games with the Saints during an injury-plagued 2018 season, posting three catches for 60 yards and one touchdown in addition to his work on the punt-return unit. The 26-year-old has done most of his damage on special teams throughout his three-year career and seems unlikely to see a substantial role on offense no matter where he might land next.
Lewis returned three punts for eight yards but played only five offensive snaps in Sunday's divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles.
Lewis had a mere three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in an injury-plagued regular season in which he played just seven games. Even had he been healthy, however, the 5-foot-7 slot receiver has largely been limited to special-teams work during his three-year career, a trend that is unlikely to change in the future due to his small stature.
Lewis caught his only target for a 20-yard gain during Sunday's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers.
The diminutive receiver has been targeted just twice this season, gaining at least 20 yards each time. The Saints have had a revolving door opposite Michael Thomas, but even with his big-play ability, Lewis has been unable to establish himself. We'd be surprised if he catches on now, even in a favorable matchup Sunday against a Carolina pass defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in receiving yards (269 per game).
Lewis (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis will not suit up against the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The 26-year-old's absence is notably not due to injury, it simply seems that with Tre'Quan Smith back in the starting lineup Lewis is the odd man out in New Orleans' scheme. Alvin Kamara and Austin Carr should see work returning punts in Lewis' absence.
Lewis caught one pass for a 28-yard touchdown in Thursday's win against the Falcons.
Lewis landed on injured reserve following a Week 2 knee injury but he quickly made his presence felt in his return, catching a touchdown on the Saints' first drive. While Lewis was quiet thereafter, the diminutive receiver played 28 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps. Still, Tre'Quan Smith (toe), who missed Thursday's game, is expected to return to action next week, so Lewis will likely soon return to a reserve role. He can probably remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
The Saints activated Lewis (knee) from injured reserve Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis landed on IR following Week 2 with the knee injury, but he resumed practicing four weeks ago and feels good about where he stands from a health standpoint, per Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate. The Saints evidently concurred, so Lewis will return to the 53-man roster to add depth to a receiver room that still has four members remaining on IR. Lewis could challenge Austin Carr for slot duties in three-wideout formations alongside Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith (foot), but it's unlikely Lewis would draw enough volume in the passing game to make for a high-upside fantasy option, even in most deeper formats. In the past, Lewis has made his biggest impact for the Saints as a return man.
Head coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Lewis (knee) has looked good in practice and is "close to 100 percent", Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis has been on injured reserve due to a knee injury since Sept. 19 and finally returned to practice Oct. 31. The earliest Lewis could be activated from IR is in Week 12, but as evidenced by this news, that seems entirely possible. With the Saints adding Dez Bryant to the receiving corps Thursday, it's unlikely Lewis would provide any solid fantasy value if he's reinstated.
The Saints cleared Lewis (knee) to return to practice Wednesday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Lewis' return to practice opens up a three-week window during which the Saints can evaluate the wideout and return specialist for a return from injured reserve. The 26-year-old is unlikely to hold a major role on offense if the Saints reinstate him to the 53-man roster.
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