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 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) having been made inactive in Week 1.
Hill's smooth transition to the Patriots offense made Mike Gillislee (who opened the 2017 season as the team's No. 1 running back) expendable, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "He's done a lot of good things to this point, had a good spring and summer," coach Bill Belichick noted of the former Bengal. "He certainly adapted quickly."
Of course, Hill's context is different than Gillislee's was last year, with versatile Rex Burkhead, pass-catching ace James White and promising rookie Sony Michel (knee) -- when healthy -- also on hand. Where Hill fits into the team's deep backfield is that he provides a power element that could translate into a share of opportunities in short-yardage situations. Given the Patriots' tendency to go with game-plan/game-flow specific carry distribution, Hill's weekly production figures to vary. Still, if he ends up emerging as the team's preferred option around the goal line, he could provide a degree of fantasy utility in TD-heavy formats.
Hill (leg) returned to Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Hill missed little time before being re-inserted on special teams. He relayed after the game that he was fine and didn't show signs of limping. That's great news for the Patriots, as the 25-year-old has had a solid preseason, accruing 121 yards form scrimmage and one touchdown.
Hill limped off the field during Friday's preseason game at Carolina, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Hill was taken down via a horse collar tackle prior to leaving the contest. The nature and severity of the injury is unknown, but he was having an impressive preseason, racking up 26 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown to go with two catches for 14 yards.
Hill walked off the practice field Monday holding on to the back of his right leg, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
Though he didn't retreat to the locker room afterward, Hill didn't take any more handoffs through the rest of the session, making this a situation to monitor in the coming days. Hill, who logged 11 carries for 51 yards and a TD and caught two passes for 14 yards in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, is looking to secure a role in the Patriots' backfield behind roster locks Sony Michel (knee) and Rex Burkhead (undisclosed). His primary competition on that front is Mike Gillislee.
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