As we headed into the eighth week of the 2015 season, the main topic of conversation in New England was injuries, and the question was who can they least afford to lose. Removing Brady and Gronk from the equation because they are obvious, the list was limited, featuring players like Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower, Sebastian Vollmer, and Dion Lewis. Well, Collins was held out with an illness, Vollmer had to leave the game with a concussion, and the cherry on top was Dion Lewis tearing his ACL when he tried to make a cut. The hypothetical conversation is now real, and the Patriots are going to have to figure out what they are going to do without one of their top offensive weapons and possibly their best offensive lineman.
Lewis was in the midst of his best NFL season, carrying the ball 49 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns, an average of 4.8 yards per carry, and also hauling in 36 receptions for 388 and two touchdowns. Lewis forced himself into the offense and became an integral part, making plays on third down on a regular basis and giving the Patriots an element of athleticism that they've really never had. New England will now look to James White to fill Lewis' role, but he doesn't have the same quickness and explosiveness that Lewis possesses.
Lewis, who is in his fifth year, should have no problems recovering from his injury and be back to form halfway through the 2016 season. This type of injury used to be the type that could ruin the career of a player like Lewis, but modern medicine has changed the recoverability of these players and allows them to get back to where they were before the injury, assuming they take their rehab serious.
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