New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis sustained a torn ACL in the team’s 27–10 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, bringing an end to his season, reports Jim McBride of The Boston Globe.
Lewis sustained the injury with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter, going down in pain after being tackled from behind by lineman Chris Baker. Lewis walked off the field under his own power, but left directly for the locker room.
Lewis has been an important part of both the Patriots’ pass and rush games. He is second on the team in rushing with 234 yards and two touchdowns, and is third in receiving with 388 yards and two touchdowns.
The injury will force the Patriots to rely even more on running back LaGarrette Blount, who rushed for 129 yards on a career-high 29 carries on Sunday.
Blount has tallied 447 yards and five touchdowns on 98 carries this season.