According to Doug Kyed, Patriots RB Dion Lewis officially returned to practice on Thursday, which means New England will have 21 days to activate him from the PUP list.
Lewis is working his way back from second surgery on his knee which came after the ACL tear he suffered last year. Tom Curran recently reported that Lewis’ second “clean-up” surgery in August was to repair a patella stress fracture.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots use the majority of the three-week window before activating Lewis, seeing as it would require them to cut someone.
Lewis, 26, signed a three-year, $3.1 million contract that included a $600,000 signing bonus with the Patriots just a month ago after getting out to an impressive start to the 2015 season. He stands to make a base salary of $800,000 in 2016 and another $1.2 million in 2017.
The Patriots placed Lewis on the PUP list to open the regular season.
In 2015, Lewis appeared in six games and ran for 220 yards on 45 carries (4.9 YPC) to go along with 349 yards receiving and four total touchdowns.