Patriots RB Jeremy Hill tore his right ACL in Sunday's win over the Texans and will miss the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hill's injury leaves even more immediate work available for Rex Burkhead, who handed 18 of 27 Patriots RB rushing attempts vs. Houston. It also removes competition for rookie Sony Michel (knee) whenever he's ready to be active on gameday. Should Michel continue to miss games, James White could also see more ground work. White carried 5 times against the Texans. Hill signed just a 1-year deal with New England. He turns 26 in October.
ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Patriots RB Rex Burkhead to be "eased into the mix" as he works back from his knee injury. Burkhead has been practicing for a few weeks now, so the report is a bit surprising. New England is also thin at RB, with Sony Michel (knee) iffy for the opener. James White is a pass-catching back, and Jeremy Hill is the only other RB on the roster. We're curious to see exactly what the Patriots offense will look like considering they're also razor thin at WR. Expect White, WR Chris Hogan and TE Rob Gronkowski to be super busy against Houston on Sunday. Burkhead is shaping up as a risk/reward RB2.
The Patriots have released RB Mike Gillislee. That figures to mean RB Jeremy Hill has made the team. He'll be 4th on a healthy RB depth chart behind Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel and James White. But Burkhead and Michel are already dealing with injuries. If either misses time this season, Hill could be a factor. He's a name to keep on your watch list.
The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has a "slight tear" in his knee. "But it’s been deemed a minor injury and something he’ll be able to play through," Howe adds. This remains a murky situation (as usual with the Patriots), and no other media members have reported on Burkhead's injury as of Friday morning. We'll continue to look for updates, but Burkhead obviously comes with plenty of risk in drafts right now. It's completely unclear what's torn in his knee, how effective he'll be playing through it and how long it'll hold up. New England, of course, is still without rookie RB Sony Michel, who had fluid drained from his knee a couple of weeks ago. That leaves Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee as the healthy early-down backs. Both guys saw time with the 1st-team offense in Thursday night's preseason game, but Hill again out-performed Gillislee. The former Bengal is averaging 4.8 yards per carry through 2 exhibitions vs. Gillislee's 2.8. Hill is looking more and more intriguing as a late-round flier by the day.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead missed the preseason opener and the last 2 practices with an undisclosed injury. We'll see how long he remains sidelined, but it's worth noting after he struggled staying healthy last year. Burkhead missed 4 games with a rib injury and 3 more (including a playoff game) with a sprained knee. RB Sony Michel remains out with his knee issue, leaving James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee as New England's healthy backs. Hill out-played Gillislee in the preseason opener and has reportedly gotten more 1st-teams reps since.
Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel will require a "procedure" for a knee injury he suffered in practice Wednesday, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. The recovery is expected to cost Michel the entire preseason and might keep him sidelined "into the start" of the regular season. That's obviously terrible news for the fantasy outlook of a rookie back, especially one competing with Rex Burkhead and James White for backfield snaps and touches. We'll see how sharply Michel's ADP falls. He'll likely need to get to the Round 8 range or so in 12-team drafts to be worth the risk. Burkhead, meanwhile, should climb from an ADP that has already been ascending. Don't be surprised if we start to see him regularly go in Round 4.
Update: ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Michel had fluid drained from the knee and that the situation "is not expected to affect Michel's availability for a significant portion, if any, of the regular season." We've moved Michel down our RB rankings and Burkhead up, but we'll keep watching for any further updates on this issue.
The Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s the first 1st-round RB for New England since Laurence Maroney in 2006. That didn’t work out so well, but Michel has the potential to fare much better. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry across his 4-year college career and flashed pass-catching ability with seasons of 26 and 22 grabs. Michel is electric in the open field with surprising power. The biggest concern is a lengthy injury history that includes a torn ACL and a pair of ankle injuries. This is a exciting landing spot for Michel. New England’s backfield is crowded on paper, but Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are all role players. Consider Michel the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in touches.
The Bengals have placed RB Jeremy Hill on IR, ending his 2017 season. We don't have any details on the injury, but there's no reason to believe it'll impact his 2018. Hill is set to hit free agency in March and is likely done in Cincinnati. Joe Mixon will continue to operate as something close to an every-down back the rest of the way.
Update: HC Marvin Lewis revealed that Hill had surgery on his ankle.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill exited Sunday's preseason game with an ankle injury. We didn't notice the injury, and Hill told the media afterward that he's fine, according to insider Jim Owczarski. We'll keep an eye on him going forward. Hill got the start against the Redskins and carried 5 times for 15 yards and a score before leaving.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is not listed on the Week 8 injury report. It's notable after he appeared to aggravate his chest/shoulder injury in the 4th quarter of last Sunday's game. Hill is evidently ready to go, though, for a plus matchup in London this weekend against a Redskins defense allowing 5.1 yards per carry to RBs.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill aggravated his chest injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns. The team deemed him probable to return, but he never did. Cincinnati's 14-point lead might have had something to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Hill this coming week. He exploded for 168 yards and a score on just 9 carries before exiting.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (chest) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. The chest issue isn’t a major concern. But a matchup with a tough Patriots run defense and a Pats offense that figures to have the Bengals playing from behind are certainly concerns. Hill is a TD-dependent RB3.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill suffered a chest injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He was in obvious pain as he left the field. Cincinnati is calling Hill questionable to return.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill isn't listed on the team's Week 13 injury report. It looks like he was removed from last week's game with that tweaked ankle only as a precaution. Hill finished that one with season-highs in rushing yards (86) and yards per carry (5.4). He's worth firing up as an RB2 against Cleveland's leaky run defense.
With a healthy RB Giovani Bernard and a now-established RB Jeremy Hill in the backfield, the Bengals boast an enviable NFL backfield -- and potential for fantasy football headaches. Hill fed into that a bit this week, telling ESPN.com about the rushing workload: "Obviously there’s going to be a balanced attack. I don’t think he’s got to wear either one of us out, so that way we can make it through all 16 games for a playoff push.” That might make some fantasy drafters start to sweat, and I does speak to the biggest risk factor to Hill's 2015 outlook. But don't take Hill's mention of "balance" to mean they'll be splitting work in half. In 7 games after his return from injury last year (including the playoffs), Bernard garnered just 27.7% of the team's rushing attempts. That share might grow a bit over a full healthy season, but Hill showed more than enough to claim lead rushing duties going forward. Having Bernard to spell him could help to keep the 2nd-year back fresher for late-season contests as well -- similar to how the Packers preserved RB Eddie Lacy last year. Hill belongs among the 1st 18 picks in 2015 fantasy football drafts.
Bengals OC Hue Jackson wasn't revealing much to reporters Wednesday, but he intimated that he just might favor going with a lead back the rest of the way. "That's what I'm kind of used to," Jackson said, per ESPN.com. "I'm used to having one guy kind of dominate some carries because, in order for backs to be really good, they've got to get lathered up to play. You've got to get a feel for the game." Jackson said "we'll let it play itself out," but you'd have to figure that Hill would be the guy if they actually plan to feature a single back. In the 3 games since Gio Bernard returned from injury, Hill has averaged 4.4 yards per carry to Bernard's 3.4. We can't necessarily count on Hill taking over lead-back duties this week, but Jackson's comments at least make him a bit more intriguing as an upside fantasy play.
Bengals RB Gio Bernard (hip) won't play against the Browns tonight and "could miss more time," according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. This hip injury has turned out to be more serious than originally thought. Breer adds that "coaches won't be going away from Jeremy Hill" even when Bernard returns. The rookie impressed in his starting debut last week and should have another big outing tonight. We could be looking at something close to a 50-50 split when Bernard gets healthy.
The Bengals held a light practice Monday as they prepare to face the Browns on Thursday. RB Giovani Bernard did not participate after missing Sunday's win with hip and clavicle injuries. ESPN.com Bengals writer posits that "it appears" Bernard is headed for a "doubtful" designation this week. We'll certainly keep an eye on his status leading up to the game. If Bernard sits again, rookie RB Jeremy Hill becomes a must-start against a weak Browns run D.
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