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RB Dion Lewis among seven Patriots to open training camp on PUP list

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis, who is recovering from a torn ACL from last November, is one of seven players the club placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday.

Lewis had returned to practice for the final day of June’s mandatory minicamp and said that things were progressing nicely in his recovery.

“The trainers wouldn’t have put me out there if they didn’t think I was ready,” he said at the time.

The Patriots could be taking a more cautious approach with Lewis for the start of training camp, which unlike spring practices includes full pads and contact.

Lewis was a key cog for the Patriots early last season; in seven games he totaled 234 yards on 49 rushing attempts (4.8 avg.) with two touchdowns, while adding 38 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns.

In addition to Lewis, wide receivers Julian Edelman (left foot) and Danny Amendola (knee/ankle), tight end Clay Harbor (unknown), guards Tre' Jackson (knee) and Shaq Mason (unknown), and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (unknown) were placed on the active/PUP list.

Players on the active/PUP list can be removed at any time. Their status essentially means they aren’t cleared for practice at this time.