Bill Belichick: 'Probably not this week' for Dion Lewis' return to practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Though this marks the first week that running back Dion Lewis and guard Tre' Jackson can begin practicing since opening the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that it is unlikely to happen.

"Probably not this week," Belichick said.

Lewis, who tore his left ACL on Nov. 8 and required a follow-up surgery on the knee (but not specifically the ACL), has been more visible during media-access periods in the locker room in recent weeks.

He was a dynamic option for the Patriots early in 2015, rushing for 234 yards on 49 carries with two touchdowns, and adding 36 receptions for 388 yards with two touchdowns. In his absence, the Patriots have had third-year player James White step into the "passing back" role in the offense. White caught two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-17 win against Cincinnati.

Jackson has been doing some conditioning work at the beginning of practices in recent weeks. Jackson also had offseason knee surgery.