The New Orleans Saints hope Sunday is a sign of things to come from Keenan Lewis.
Lewis, who spent the entire first half of the season trying to fight his way back from a training camp surgery to repair a sports hernia, played a season-high 27 snaps against New York.
Frustrated at times by his recovery this year, Lewis made one tackle and broke up a pass in a complementary role.
“He came on later in the week, felt better,” Payton said. “And I know yesterday he felt better.”
Most importantly, Lewis didn’t appear to be showing any side effects on Monday morning.
Lewis, who missed the first three games, had been forced back to the inactive list for the Colts game after three games because the injury wouldn’t allow him to play.
Now, a Saints secondary that might be missing the services of rookie Damian Swann, who suffered his second concussion in four weeks on Sunday, for some time. Swann is back in the concussion protocol.
Getting Lewis back to a full-time role would help.
“From all appearances, there weren’t any residual or any day-after effects,” Payton said. “I’m sure there’s soreness, and yet, that was a positive. Getting him back is a huge plus to our defense.”
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