Dion Lewis was one of the NFL's breakout starts in 2015 before going down with a knee injury.
New England's running back totaled 622 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound tailback tore his ACL in a Nov. 8 game against Washington and missed the rest of the season.
Lewis returned to the practice field for the first time on Monday. He looked a little rusty.
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Lewis addressed his status for the start of the season while speaking to reporters.
Lewis would not commit to being ready for Week 1 of the regular season when asked. He did, however, say he was hoping to "have a lot of fun in September."
"When I come back I want to be me," he said. "That’s the only person, player I know how to be is me. I think working hard will help me be me quicker. I think me being me will help the team win. I’m all about the team. Whatever I do is for the team. I love football. When I couldn’t be out there with my team last year, it hurt. I just use that as a motivation."
New England opens its 2016 season Sept. 11 against Arizona.