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Houston Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts (18) is forced out of bounds by New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Veteran Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis is on his way back to the lineup after undergoing surgery on his hip.

Lewis said he did some work in Wednesday’s practice, albeit on a limited basis.

For Lewis, who’s never undergone surgery before, it’s hard to judge how much progress he’s making. He will leave his timetable for return up to the Saints’ training staff and coaches.

“I can’t even judge it,” Lewis said. “It’s all new to me. I’ve never had surgery. First time. I don’t know how it’ll be, but I’m excited, and I know I’m getting closer.”

Lewis, who was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, thinks he’s ahead of schedule so far.

“I think I am,” Lewis said. “I’m running, I’ve got my cutting ability back , I’ve got my back-pedaling back.”