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.
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 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.
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