METAIRIE, La. — Keenan Lewis stood in front of his locker Tuesday and before he knew it was surrounded by cameras, audio recorders and reporters.
The pack caught him off guard.
Then again, when you’re the most asked about player on social media after leaving a game with a head injury, it probably shouldn’t have.
“It felt good having an opportunity to prepare for a big game like this,” Lewis said when asked about how it felt to practice. “I’ll be ready to go.”
Saints coach Sean Payton wasn’t ready to declare Lewis anything at this point. He’s not required to release the team’s initial injury report until Wednesday and said Tuesday he wasn’t going to discuss injuries.
That didn’t keep Lewis from making a promise, however.
“I’ll be ready to go,” he said four times in the span of nearly three minutes.
The reason so many fans are interested in Lewis’ health is his role helping New Orleans (12-5) earn a No. 2 ranking against the pass this season.
He finished the season with 11 passes defensed and 47 combined tackles. His four interceptions led the team.
Lewis consistently was put on the opposing team’s best receiver and Saturday night, in New Orleans’ 26-24 win over Philadelphia, he took care of DeSean Jackson.
Prior to Lewis leaving the game, which happened with 3:11 when he broke up a pass to Jason Avant, Jackson was held without a catch. After Lewis’ injury, Jackson caught three passes for 53 yards, his first one putting the Eagles in scoring position.
The whole time Lewis wanted to be in the game.
“Definitely frustrating,” Lewis said. “When the game’s on the line like that, you want to be out there, you know, any chance you can make a big play for your team. I just wanted to be out there to help my team win.”