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Bill Belichick reacts to Jeremy Hill injury: 'It is disappointing for him and for our team'

Ryan Hannable
September 11, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Following suffering a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Texans, the Patriots placed running back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve after reportedly tearing his ACL.

Hill had a terrific summer in his first year with the team and seemed primed for a big role this season, not only in the backfield, but also on special teams.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday afternoon, Bill Belichick expressed his disappointment.

“We didn’t have too much choice on it with the nature of the injury," he said. "Of course, it is disappointing for him and for our team. Jeremy worked hard. He embraced his role offensively and in the kicking game — really showed a lot of improvement over the course of the spring and into training camp and opening day. Gave us a couple of big runs there before the half last week to get us started on the two-minute drive. We’re obviously disappointed for him, but he’s a tough kid. He will work hard and I am sure he will be back. In the meantime, we won’t have him.”

The Patriots may need to make a roster move at the position, as without him there's just Rex Burkhead, James White and Sony Michel. Michel is working his way back from a knee injury and it's unclear if he's ready for action. Ralph Webb is the only internal option, as he's currently on the practice squad.

Following the reported two receiver signings, the Patriots have one spot remaining on the roster.

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