FOXBORO -- The waiting game is on with Dion Lewis.
He was activated to the 53-man roster before Sunday night's game with the Seahawks, but he was listed as one of the team's inactives leading up to kickoff. Does that mean he'll be good to go by the time this upcoming Sunday rolls around? Will the Patriots add to his workload this week to see if he's ready for game action against the 49ers?
Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated that Lewis is still going through the "build-up process" that is required of any player who is coming back off of an extended absence.
"I think any time a player's coming back from missing a significant amount of time, there's a certain build-up process," Belichick said. "Sometimes that accelerates, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it just stays on a straight line course. It's hard to predict how that's gonna go.
"There's a big difference between training and playing football. You can run around a track or up and down a hill, do 10,000 push-ups and all that. I mean that's great. But that's not being out there with 21 other guys playing football. Football's football. Training's an important part and component of being ready to play football, but playing football is playing football.
"Especially at this time of the year, where you're halfway through the season and teams have quite a bit of scheme in, both us and our opponents, so we're not just like in kind of some basic stuff at the beginning of the year or preseason, which is what preseason is -- very basic. We're at a whole different point. How does that get acclimated, what's the right time? It's a little bit of a feel situation. But to answer your question, we just keep going. We'll see."
The Patriots went with James White as their lone sub back in their loss to the Seahawks. He finished the game with four catches for 32 yards.