Patriots Rumors: "Encouraging" Injury Recovery For Dion Lewis?

The New England Patriots missed receiving back Dion Lewis in the team's AFC Championship Game clash with the Denver Broncos, as replacement James White struggled to get in rhythm with QB Tom Brady in a game the team ultimately lost, 20-18.

Lewis' presence very well could have swung a narrow loss into a big victory, but it wasn't to be after a torn ACL cut the dynamic running back's 2015 NFL season short. More Dion Lewis news inside the Chat Sports iPhone and Android apps!

However, things could be looking up -- according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Lewis' current injury recovery process has brought about some "encouraging" signs to the surgeon who performed his ACL surgery, Dr. James Andrews.

According to Reiss' report, Andrews came away from a January meet-up with Lewis feeling that "things were exactly where they should be, if not better."

Slated to be New England's lead rusher over any free agency acquisition, draft pick or in-house option, Lewis will take it slow during training camp and the preseason. However, he's on track to be ready to go for the team's regular-season opener in September.

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