It appeared as though a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cleveland Browns was the prefect situation for running back Dion Lewis. The former Pitt Panther had been very impressive through the preseason, and even climbed to #2 on the depth chart behind Trent Richardson, whose constant nagging injuries had Lewis in line for a lot of touches this year.
But that won’t happen now after Lewis suffered a fractured left fibula during the team’s Thursday night game against the Detroit Lions. Lewis will be undergoing surgery on his leg, and only then will doctors be able to determine if he’s capable of returning to the team by the end of the season. He played well against the Lions, picking up 33 yards on five carries for a healthy 6.6 YPC.
It’s been a tough start to what looked like a promising NFL career for Lewis. At Pitt, he set multiple records, including the Big East freshman rushing record previously held by Tony Dorsett, and was third nationally in rushing (1,799 yards, 5.5 avg) and broke LeSean Mccoy’s record for most points by a Pitt freshman.
Lewis was selected with the 149th pick in the fifth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Eagles, and after two forgetful seasons, was traded this offseason to the Browns.