Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Dion Lewis (28) is carted off the field after being injured in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis to have surgery on broken leg


 

 

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.

The projected backup RB, Montario Hardesty, is still recovering from a knee injury of his own, and the Browns will now lean on Brandon Jackson and Miguel Maysonet in the back up role.

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.

 

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