This comes shortly after the news that the Patriots waived RB Tyler Gaffney, creating an open roster spot.
Mike Garafolo reported that Lewis’ teammates are “giddy about his return” at some point in the near future and he gets the sense is that Lewis is making the case to suit up in Week 10’s game against the Seahawks.
However, Garafolo says that Lewis would likely be limited if he returned.
Lewis is working his way back from second surgery on his knee which came after the ACL tear he suffered last year. Tom Curran previously reported that Lewis’ second “clean-up” surgery in August was to repair a patella stress fracture.
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.