The New Orleans Saints made a big splash in free agency this offseason by signing Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis to a deal, but Lewis was absent earlier this week from Saints OTAs while recovering in the hospital.
According to NOLA.com’s Nakia Hogan, Lewis returned to the team Wednesday after everything checked out. Hogan says Lewis was hospitalized after having stomach pains, but no other details are available at this time:
New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis returned to practice Wednesday after missing the team’s workout Tuesday after an overnight hospital stay due to stomach pains.
Lewis worked with the Saints’ first- and second-team defense. Saints Coach Sean Payton said it was good to have Lewis back.
It’s strange to not have many details pertaining to Lewis’ hospital visit, but it clearly was not something major with his ability to participate in practice the very next day. As Hogan points out, Lewis was taking reps with the first and second teams as he attempts to adjust to the New Orleans defense.
Lewis is a critical cog in Rob Ryan’s scheme this year. He was arguably the best corner the Steelers had a year ago and should have little trouble beating out Patrick Robinson and Jabari Green for the No. 1 position on the depth chart as long as he stays healthy.
Lewis gave Saints nation a bit of a scare, but things appear to be getting back to normal.