Sean Payton confirmed Thursday that Keenan Lewis’ recovery from September surgery has not gone as smooth as hoped.

Payton said Lewis has been battling soreness in the area and that he’s still trying to get his flexibility and range of motion back.

“(The procedure) is fairly common and yet the recovery and repair can vary,” Payton said. “Especially at the corner position, it’s just getting comfortable enough.”

Earlier this week, a source said Lewis saw a specialist to have the injury checked out following Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons

Lewis missed the first three games of the season and returned to action against the Dallas Cowboys. He was limited to eight snaps against the Falcons.

The cornerback missed Wednesday’s practice and was listed on the injury report with a hip injury and a stomach ailment. Payton said Lewis was expected to practice Thursday.

This also marked the first time a team official specifically called Lewis’ injury a sports hernia. It was previously listed as a hip ailment and there was some confusion about the exact nature of the injury.