The Bengals for some reason thought Hill would try to play through the injury and put off surgery until the offseason -- an approach that wouldn't make much sense for an impending free agent with a very limited role. This presumably seals Hill's fate in Cincinnati, where the Bengals will happily move forward with Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, likely hoping that offensive line renovations can get the running game back on track next offseason. Hill hasn't done much of note besides scoring goal-line touchdowns since his rookie season, but he should at least have time to get healthy before 2018 training camp, at which point he'll likely be competing for a role with a new team. It's hard to imagine any franchise would sign him with a clear-cut lead role in mind. Hill will finish out the 2017 campaign on injure reserve.
Hill's move to IR will leave rookie Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard as the team's only healthy running backs, with Mixon in store for the bulk of the snaps out of the backfield. Though he's retained a starting role through each of his seven games this season, Hill hasn't carried the ball more than seven times in any contest and was averaging a meager 3.1 yards per carry, which resulted in Mixon quickly earning the workhorse role. Hill is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Hill's second straight absence paves the way for Joe Mixon to continue to handle the bulk of the work in the Bengals backfield Sunday, with Giovani Bernard also on hand to work in a change-of-pace role Week 10.
Hill (ankle) wasn't present for Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.
Hill's ankle injury came out of nowhere to sideline him for the Week 9 loss to the Jaguars, but a Week 10 absence would be less surprising given that he has yet to see the field for either of the Bengals' first two practices. Look for the Bengals to issue formal word on Hill's status for Sunday's game against the Titans following their final practice of the week Friday. Regardless of Hill's health, rookie Joe Mixon looks poised to head the Bengals' backfield once again.
Hill (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Hill wasn't listed on last week's injury report, but ended up going down as a late scratch for Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Jaguars due to the ankle injury. His absence allowed Joe Mixon to start at running back and play a season-high 72 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps, though it equated to only 28 total snaps due to Jacksonville's dominance of possession. Another absence from Hill would slightly improve Mixon's outlook for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
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