Running back Dion Lewis was having a breakout season for the Patriots before he tore his ACL halfway through the season.
Lewis went down on November 8 and had surgery 10 days later, so he’s had about three months to work on getting back into form for the 2016 season. It looks like all is progressing well on the rehab front.
Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Lewis’ knee, feels the state of Lewis’ recovery is “encouraging.” Per the report, everything is where it should be if not a little bit ahead of pace for this point in the process.
That won’t make Lewis a sure bet to be on the field for the start of training camp or ensure that there won’t be issues at some point down the road, but it’s a good sign that he’ll be able to compete for snaps in the backfield at some point early in the 2016 season. LeGarrette Blount is set for free agency, leaving Lewis, James White and Brandon Bolden under contract in the backfield for New England.