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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (21) returns to the field against the Dallas Cowboys after missing several weeks due to injury in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Before landing on injured reserve late last month due to a hip injury, Keenan Lewis reached a point where he felt he was doing more harm than good.

“It just bothered me the whole time, so it was best not to keep hurting the team and have someone who is injured out there when you have guys that can really perform,” Lewis said. “Give them an opportunity.”

Lewis underwent surgery on his hip earlier this week, but was back at the team’s facility on Thursday. He said he plans to hang around and help the younger players in any manner that he can while he works to recover.

The surgery brought a close to a frustrating season that never got started the way Lewis had hoped. The cornerback underwent surgery during training camp and missed the first three games of the season. He returned, but never got back to 100 percent.

“Nobody wants to be hurt, especially when you can’t contribute and you work your tail off the whole summer to try and put together a good season,” Lewis said. “But God do everything for a reason and I’ll be back.”

Lewis said he will take his time with his rehabilitation and has no reason to rush things since he is already on injured reserve.

He said he has no concerns about being ready for next season.

“I’ll be back, though,” Lewis said. “At 100 (percent). We’ll write this story again.”

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