Patriots Lose RB Jeremy Hill for the Season

Jeremy Hill with the Patriots in 2018. Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

New England Patriots seem like they just can’t catch a break. After entering the regular season with a short-handed receiving core, the Pats are now facing problems in the running game department. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Patriots running back Jeremy Hill suffered a torn ACL in the Week 1 win over the Houston Texans and will miss the rest of the season.

Hill, who signed a one year deal with the Patriots during the offseason, started his career in New England on a good note. He opened the game against Texans with four carries for 25 yards (6.3 yards per carry) and had six catching yards while blocking a punt. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, he was hit in the leg in the third quarter and was forced to leave the game.

Jeremy Hill spent the first four years of his professional career with Cincinnati Bengals, who took him in the second round of 2014 NFL draft. In his rookie season, Hill rushed for 1,124 yards and earned himself a selection to PFWA All-Rookie Team. In his sophomore year, he was NFL rushing touchdowns leader with 11 while being a valuable player for the Bengals in 2016 as well.

Last year, however, saw Jeremy Hill having a disappointing season in which he played seven games before going down with an ankle injury. During that time, he had 116 rushing yards and 16 receiving yards.

Back in March, Hill decided to sign a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the New England Patriots hoping to revitalize his career. After an impressive season, he was named the third running back on the depth chart. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until 2019 to get another shot of getting back to playing at the highest level.