The Pats are "holding out hope" that RB Dion Lewis will be available for the Week 10 game versus Seattle, according to a recent Boston Herald report.
Just because he will soon be moved to the active roster does not mean he'll soon be a major contributor for the Pats offense. The Pats are 7-1 and in first place in the AFC. They have a capable backup in James White. They can afford to mix Lewis in slowly and then crank up his workload as the playoffs approach.
The story went on to say there is logic in shortening Lewis' season. He is as prone to injury as he is dynamic. In 2011 and 2012, he dealt with two separate hamstring issues during training camp with the Eagles. In 2013, he broke his leg in the preseason with the Browns. Lewis missed a game in 2015 due to an abdominal injury before tearing his ACL in Week 9. The Pats would be wise to gradually increase his snap count as the regular season concludes.