Damione Lewis was signed by the New England Patriots on April 10, 2010 ... Originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2001 draft (12th overall) ... Signed by the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent (3/14/06) ... Released by Carolina (3/4/10).
Career GP/GS (playoffs):131/65 (3/1)
2009 (16/16 - Carolina)
- Started in all 16 games for the first time in his career, playing along the defensive line and finished with a career-high 65 total tackles, one half sack and one fumble recovery.
- Tallied a fumble recovery vs. Philadelphia (9/13).
- Registered a half sack along with seven tackles at the N.Y. Jets (11/29).
- Recorded a season-high 11 tackles at New England (12/13).
2008 (15/15, 1/1 - Carolina)
- Started all 15 games that he played in and finished with 48 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five passes defensed.
- Missed the regular-season-finale at New Orleans (12/28) with an injury.
- Started in the postseason game vs. Arizona (1/10), recording a five-yard sack of QB Kurt Warner in the first quarter.
- Sacked and forced a fumble of QB Jeff Garcia in the fourth quarter vs. Tampa Bay (12/8).
2007 (15/2 - Carolina)
- Played in 15 games with two starts and was inactive for one contest.
- Finished the season with 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
- His 3.5 sacks tied for the team lead with Na'il Diggs.
- Contributed to a defense that ranked 11th in the NFL in yards-per-play and fourth in rushing yards per attempt.
- Sacked 49ers QB Trent Dilfer for a four-yard loss in the first quarter vs. San Francisco (12/2) and added a fumble recovery and was part of a defensive effort that generated a season-high six quarterback sacks and limited the 49ers to 59 yards rushing and 195 total yards.
2006 (16/3 - Carolina)
- Played in 16 games with three starts and posted 30 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.
- Key contributor on a defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game.
2005 (16/7 - St. Louis)
- Played in 16 games with seven starts for the Rams and finished with 45 tackles, one sack, 23 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
- Started the final seven games of the season.
2004 (16/10, 2/1 - St. Louis)
- Played in 16 games and started the first 10 games of the season.
- Amassed a career-high 61 tackles and five sacks and added eight quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.
- Appeared in both of the Rams playoff games, including a start in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Atlanta (1/15).
- Tallied a season-high six tackles and one sack vs. Arizona (9/12).
- Equaled season-best six tackles at Miami (10/24).
- Generated a sack and forced fumble on the same play when he brought down Tom Brady vs. New England (11/7), allowing teammate Leonard Little to recover the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
2003 (12/7, 1/0 - St. Louis)
- Played in 12 games with seven starts and was inactive for four contests.
- Finished the season with 34 tackles, a half sack, 13 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
- Started the first seven games before suffering an injury at Pittsburgh (10/26) that caused him to miss the next four games.
- Saw action in the NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Carolina (1/10).
2002 (16/2 - St. Louis)
- Played in 16 games with two starts and finished with 44 tackles, four sacks, 14 quarterback pressures and one pass defensed.
- Started at defensive end in place of an injured Grant Wistrom vs. Arizona (12/15) and vs. San Francisco (12/30).
- Accounted for 31 tackles, two sacks and five quarterback pressures in the final eight contests.
- Recorded his first NFL sacks with a two-sack performance vs. Oakland (10/13).
- Had a second two-sack game vs. Chicago (11/18).
2001 (9/3 - St. Louis)
- Played in nine games with three starts before being placed on injured reserve with a broken right foot (11/20).
- Notched 25 tackles and one fumble recovery.
- Started contests at Detroit (10/8), vs. New York Giants (10/14) and at the New York Jets (10/21).
- Tied for the team lead with seven tackles in his NFL debut at Philadelphia (9/9).
- Made his first NFL start on Monday Night Football at Detroit (10/18).
- Started 41 of the 43 games he played at the University of Miami (FL).
- Finished his college career with 220 tackles, 15.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
- As a senior, he was a first-team All-Big East Conference selection and third-team All-America by The Sporting News. Recorded 39 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.
- As a junior in 1999, he was a second-team All-Big East Conference choice, posting 57 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
- As a sophomore in 1998, he led all Hurricanes defensive linemen with 52 tackles and registered two sacks.
- Started as a freshman and produced a career-high 72 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble.
- Redshirted as a true freshman.
- Damione Lewis was born March 1, 1978.
- Damione and his wife, Silvana have a daughter, Soraya and a son Damione (Manny).
- Attended Sulphur Springs (TX) High School.
- Majored in liberal arts at Miami.
- Related to hurdler McClinton Neal who won a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1992 Olympics and ran in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
- Kicked off a summer reading blitz called “Read Between the Lines” with Stephen Neal and Sebastian Vollmer at the Ahearn Middle School in Foxborough to promote reading.