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The Patriots are "holding out hope" that RB Dion Lewis (knee) is ready for next week's game against the Seahawks, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. Lewis returned to practice last week and must be activated by November 17 -- a few days before Week 11 -- or be placed on IR. RB James White has played well for New England over the first 8 weeks, but a healthy Lewis is a significant upgrade in the pass-catching role.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) made his 2016 practice debut on Thursday. New England now has 21 days to either activate him to the active roster or place him on IR. Lewis is obviously trending toward playing, potentially as soon as next week. He should be owned in all PPR leagues and in most non-PPRs.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to return to practice this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. New England will then have 21 days to activate Lewis to the active roster. "He's doing well," Rapoport adds. That qualifies as the best update we've received on Lewis all year. RB James White has played well in his place, racking up 14 receptions for 142 yards and 3 TDs with QB Tom Brady over the last 3 weeks. But a healthy Lewis is an upgrade in that pass-catching role. He's worth grabbing now if he's available in your league.

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes that Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) might not make his 2016 debut until after the team's Week 9 bye. A source tells Reiss that "it's possible" Lewis returns to practice this week. New England has played it super safe with the pass-catching back all offseason, so this doesn't come as a surprise. Lewis could still emerge as a PPR asset down the stretch, so he's worth stashing if you have a free roster spot.

The Patriots have placed RB Dion Lewis (knee) on the reserve/PUP list. That officially knocks him out for the first 6 games of the season. His availability beyond that remains in question. New England has a Week 9 bye, for what it's worth, so Week 10 could be a potential return date if he's not ready come Week 7. Lewis is only worth stashing in deep PPR leagues or leagues with an IR spot. James White will step in as the Patriots' pass-catching back for as long as Lewis is out. White ranked 6th among PPR points in that role last year.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis is expected to be sidelined 8-10 weeks after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his knee, according to insider Jeff Howe. That knocks him out until mid or late October. Lewis will almost certainly open the season on the PUP list, costing him the first 6 games. And he could be place on IR-designated-to-return, which could make him ineligible to play until Week 9. Beyond that, it's fair to question Lewis' effectiveness after undergoing 2 knee surgeries. He's just a late-round flier -- with more value in PPR leagues.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis will need another surgery on the left knee he injured last November, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe. There's no word yet on how long we can expect Lewis to remain out, but there were already rumors of him opening the regular season on the PUP list. Lewis now looks like a he could be a candidate for the IR designated-to-return list. We'll keep an eye out for further updates on this situation, and it would certainly be nice to get something official from the team. Of course, this is the Patriots we're talking about. In the meantime, RB James White goes from intriguing late-round option to potential steal.

With RB Dion Lewis yet to practice -- and looking questionable for the start of the regular season -- RB James White appears to be controlling the 3rd-down back job. In reviewing White's blitz-protection work during Saturday's practice, Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald referred to how important that will be on 3rd downs, "when White is in the backfield." It's not a surprising role for White, who caught 40 passes vs. just 22 carries last season as a 2nd-year pro. But it might offer some clarity in a fairly muddled backfield picture. As long as Lewis remains out, White will carry some PPR upside. At the least, he makes sense as a late-round handcuff to Lewis right now. As we get closer to the season, no Lewis would make White more of a standalone fantasy target. He's barely getting drafted right now.

Patriots insider Ben Volin believes that RB Dion Lewis (knee) might start the season on the reserve/PUP list. That'd cost him the first 6 games. This one comes out of nowhere, as reports on Lewis' rehab from last October's torn ACL have been positive. As usual, the team hasn't provided much in the way of updates. Lewis remains on the active/PUP list now and hasn't even been spotted at training camp. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one. But as we've been saying all offseason, Lewis is overvalued at his 4th-round ADP.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot), WR Danny Amendola (knee) and RB Dion Lewis (knee) were all placed on active/PUP list to open training camp. None of this comes as a surprise, and all 3 are eligible to be activated at any point and play Week 1. None are guaranteed to be ready at that point, though. We'll continue to track the progress of all 3 guys. They combined for 162 catches last year -- 40% of the team total.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis was on the practice field on Monday for the 1st time since tearing his ACL last November 8.  "Every day I get stronger," he said. "I feel better every day but still have a long way to go."  Lewis hasn't received full clearance yet, but it seems like he's on track to do so ahead of Week 1.  The upside here is obvious -- Lewis was sitting 3rd among RBs in PPR points through 8 weeks last year.  He's pricey in 2016 fantasy drafts, though, with an ADP in the early 4th round.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is on track to be ready for the season opener, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.  We haven't gotten many updates since Lewis tore his ACL on November 8, which we'll take as a good sign.  Reiss hears that Lewis is "about a month away from being able to play in a game," which suggests he'll even be ready for the start of training camp.  His lengthy injury history, including a broken leg in 2013, adds risk to his fantasy profile.  But Lewis was sitting 3rd among RBs in PPR points through 8 weeks last year and should return to a similar role in 2016.  He's coming off the board in the middle of the 4th round in recent MFL10s.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis' recovery from November's torn ACL has been "encouraging" to Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.  It's a typical offseason report, but Reiss adds that "there’s no reason to think Lewis won’t be available" for the start of the regular season.  That'll be about 10 months after Lewis went down.  He was sitting 3rd among RBs in PPR points through 8 weeks and should return to a similar role if healthy in 2016.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis should be physically ready for the start of training camp, according to The Associated Press. Lewis, of course, suffered an ACL tear in Week 9 and missed the rest of the season. He finished 5th in PPR points per game among RBs, though. We'll see how New England chooses to use him in the summer, but the reports on his rehab to this point are at least encouraging. It's also worth noting that Lewis will turn just 26 in September.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.  It's a significant loss for New England.  Lewis averaged 7 carries for 33.4 yards per game, plus 5.1 catches for 55.4 yards.  RB LeGarrette Blount can pick up the slack on the ground, but the Patriots don't have another pass-catching back like Lewis on the roster.  James White and Brandon Bolden are the candidates to take over the role.  If 1 guy emerges as the clear winner, he'll be a fantasy asset thanks to volume and supporting cast.  Both are worth stashing.

The Patriots "hope" RB Dion Lewis escaped Sunday's game against the Redskins with an MCL injury.  That'd still likely cost him multiple weeks, but it'd be better than a season-ending ACL injury.  Lewis will undergo an MRI to get a complete diagnosis.  We should get another update tomorrow.  James White is the best bet to step in as New England's passing-down back for however long Lewis is out.  White hauled in 3 of 5 targets for 26 yards when Lewis missed Week 7.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis injured his left knee in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game.  It was a non-contact injury that didn't look good.  Lewis was able to walk off but headed straight to the locker room.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

6:03pm EDT 10/29/15

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (abdomen) is officially active for tonight's game against the Dolphins. He obviously felt and looked good enough in warmups. Lewis carries more risk than usual, but he'd be tough to bench in fantasy -- especially PPR leagues.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (abdomen) will play against the Dolphins tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Lewis sat out last week's game, and it's still unclear how close he is to 100%.  He mustered a season-low 39 total yards his last time out.  Consider Lewis a risk/reward RB2 for Week 8.

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