Keenan Lewis could make his return to the field this week.
The Saints cornerback is still fighting the effects of a lingering hip issue following September surgery and was unable to play last week against the Indianapolis Colts. He’s now hoping that he’ll be able to suit up for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
“I think I’m getting better,” Lewis said. “It’s a process that’s new to me. Just doing what I gotta do to get back out there.”
Coach Sean Payton said Lewis will be a game-time decision. The cornerback did not practice on Thursday but returned on Friday.
He said that he’s still fighting some flexibility issues in his hip. If it were only a matter of playing through pain, Lewis said he’d already be back on the field.
In recent days, he said he’s been able to sprint faster and feels like he is getting the burst back in his legs. He said the decision to sit out last week was because he didn’t feel as though he had that burst.
“He just game the, ‘If I can go I can go, if not, I’m not,'” Lewis said. “And I think early during the week I struggled with a little burst, but it picked up today. so I think I’ll be ready to go.”
If Lewis is unable to play, it’s likely that Delvin Breaux and Brandon Browner will play on the outside in the base defense, with Damian Swann serving as the nickel cornerback.
In dime packages, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Brian Dixon plays some on the outside with Browner moving in to cover tight ends.
Dealing with this issues has been frustrating for Lewis. He’s never had surgery before and is trying to his hardest to get back to full strength.
“I don’t know what it’ll take me,” Lewis said. “Like I said, I’ve never had surgery, so I can’t tell you how my body will react. But I definitely will keep fighting.”