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James White: 'Can't be Superman' in helping to fill Dion Lewis void

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis had carved out an important role through the first eight games of the season, and it might take multiple players to help fill it now that Lewis is out for the season with a torn ACL.

One of the top options to do so, second-year player James White, relayed that however the team plans to proceed a key will be every player staying within himself.

“You just have to be yourself. You can’t be Superman and do exactly what he was doing,” White said Monday, hours after the Patriots learned that Lewis was lost for the season with a torn ACL. “I’m going to do whatever I can. My role might be different than what his role is; you never know what it is. Whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it.”

When Lewis was sidelined with an abdominal injury on Oct. 25 against the New York Jets, White took the most snaps as his replacement (43). The team also has four-year veteran Brandon Bolden as an option, while LeGarrette Blount is the team’s lone power back.

“Somebody has to pick up the slack. He’s been producing very well for us,” White said. “Whether it’s me, whether it’s Brandon, whether it’s LG, we have to step in and do whatever we can to help the team.”

As White spoke to reporters Monday, Blount created a light atmosphere by standing in the background and attempting to get his attention. That led White to smile on an otherwise somber day based on the injury news with Lewis.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for him. He’s given our team a lot of great performances each and every week,” said White, the 2014 fourth-round draft choice out of Wisconsin. “We pray for him and the rest of us backs have to step up.

“He meant a lot. He’s a dependable guy, a great guy to be around. He’ll still be here with us and we’ll be thinking about him.”