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How serious is Jeremy Hill's knee injury, what are Patriots' options at running back?

Ryan Hannable
September 09, 2018 - 8:58 pm

FOXBORO -- In the third quarter of Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans, Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 29-yard gain, but Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson knocked the ball free and it was recovered by Tyrann Mathieu.

When Mathieu was trying to get more yards, Patriots running back Jeremy Hill was attempting to make the stop, but fullback James Develin came in hard and accidentally collided with Hill's right knee. Hill was down on the ground for several minutes before getting assistance walking off the field from the training staff. The running back was almost immediately ruled out of the game.

There was no update on Hill afterwards, so how serious is the injury?

It doesn't look good. The Patriots rarely immediately rule players out of the game, and also check out his tweet from late Sunday afternoon. It reads: Gods Plan. This does not look good for the veteran, who is in his first year in New England.

It's also not good for the running back position, as Hill looked good in his limited reps Sunday, and also there's not much behind him.

The other power back from the summer -- Mike Gillislee -- was released, and same went for Brandon Bolden. The team entered Week 1 with four backs on the roster -- Rex Burkhead, James White, Sony Michel and Hill. Michel, a rookie, was inactive due to a knee injury and after missing all of the preseason, it seems like the Patriots are easing him back into things.

Michel may not be ready to play in Week 2, and if that is the case, it's possible preseason fan favorite Ralph Webb, who is currently on the practice squad, gets promoted until Michel is ready to go. It doesn't make sense to bring in someone from the outside just for a few weeks at most.

Hill rushed for 25 yards on four carries before getting injured.

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