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Report: Lewis Needs Clean-Up Surgery On Knee
Bad news today as Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that Dion Lewis, who tore his ACL against the Redskins last season, will need a second knee surgery. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the procedure is a "cleanup."

From a fantasy-football perspective, it could have been worse.

While a significant setback, McBride reports it is not believed to be a season-ending procedure — more of a clean-up — and it’s likely the 5-8-inch, 195-pound speedster will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Last year Lewis got off to a good start as the Patriots’ starter early in the season, rushing 49 times for 234 yards and catching 36 passes for 388 yards before suffering the season-ending knee injury on November 8.

This year the Patriots have a backfield that includes LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown, and James Develin. Tyler Gaffney appears to be in the running for a roster spot as well.

But filling his shoes hasn't been easy.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, Lewis played 279 snaps last season and the Pats averaged 7.2 yards per play with him on field compared to 5.2 yards per play without him.

But those looking to cover for Lewis should probably consider White, who has a skillset more silimlar to Lewis than any of the others. He's especially capable as a receiver out of the backfield.

In the meantime, lay off Lewis in re-draft leagues until we get better info. Hold in keeper and Dynasty formats.