Hill tweeted Monday that he underwent ACL reconstruction on his right knee. Hill suffered the ligament tear in his Patriots debut Week 1, ending his fifth pro campaign shortly after it started. The injury marked his second consecutive season-ender, and he waited nearly two months before going under the knife. Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com noted players occasionally push back ACL surgery to "restore muscle strength/range of motion," which appears to have been the track taken by Hill. It'll be interesting to see if the delayed procedure also modifies Hill's recovery timeline, which could now extend into the 2019 season.
The Patriots will place Hill (knee) on IR, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Hill lands on IR after tearing his right ACL in Sunday's season-opener. Now that he's out of the mix, the Patriots' backfield is currently whittled down to the trio of Rex Burkhead, James White and Sony Michel (knee).
Hill was diagnosed Monday with a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Hill suffered the injury shortly after halftime in Sunday's 27-20 win over Houston, finishing with four carries for 25 yards and one catch for six yards. His absence for the remainder of the season should free up a few more carries for Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel (knee). The Patriots will place Hill on injured reserve, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Hill's knee injury may be serious, WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable reports. Hill was down on the ground for a few minutes after the suffering the injury, and the Patriots were quick to rule him out for the rest of Sunday's game against Houston. The running back then sent out a cryptic tweet, perhaps hinting at a major setback. Hill gained 25 yards on four carries and six yards on one reception in Sunday's 27-20 victory, splitting backfield snaps with Rex Burkhead and James White throughout the first half. An extended absence for Hill might help Burkhead and/or Sony Michel (knee) with workload consistency.
Hill was forced out of Sunday's game against the Texans with an apparent right knee injury. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Hill did not seem to be putting much pressure on his leg as he walked to the medical tent. Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Hill had carried four times for 25 yards and caught one pass for six yards. Rex Burkhead and James White remain on hand in the Patriots' backfield Sunday, with Sony Michel (knee) inactive for Week 1.
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