After having surgery to repair a ligament in his hip during training camp, the Saints cornerback has now suffered a strained hip flexor, according to a source. His return to the field will depend on how he responds.
After playing eight snaps during Thursday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, Lewis flew to see a specialist to get his hip checked out on Monday since his recovery has not gone as smooth as hoped.
Lewis was slated to miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery on Sept. 1. He met the early end of that timetable, playing in an Oct. 4 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He played 18 snaps and was used only in nickel and dime packages during that game.
Lewis then played 27 snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles the next week. On Thursday, against the Falcons, his role diminished and he could be seen on the sidelines riding a stationary bike during the game.
Getting Lewis back to full strength would be a major development for the Saints and would further solidify a secondary that is enjoying the emergence of Delvin Breaux. With Lewis healthy, it would allow the Saints to use Brandon Browner against tight ends more often, as they did against Dallas.
New Orleans tried out a handful of players on Monday, including former Falcons and New England Patriots cornerback Robert McClain. He did not receive a contract offer from New Orleans.