The New England Patriots picked up their first win of the season yesterday at Gillette, however, they suffered their first major in-season injury. According to reports, running back Jeremy Hill suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire season. Hill was beginning his first season in New England.
From The Aftermath: #Patriots RB Jeremy Hill had made the most of his fresh start in New England, earning a key role in the offense. Now, he’s out for the season with a torn ACL. pic.twitter.com/NH9UkXJEhY
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2018
It was an unfortunate diagnosis but expected after the obvious pain Hill was in on the field following an accidental hit from teammate James Develin. The injury occurred just after halftime when Hill was trying to make a tackle on a Tom Brady interception.
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Hill was carving out a nice niche for himself after a strong preseason won him the job over Mike Gillislee. Hill’s play was even more important with the absence of rookie Sony Michel. Now, Michel’s health becomes more of a focus as the running back depth is down to James White, Rex Burkhead, and Devlin. Michel hasn’t seen much time throughout the preseason but the talent is there. It would certainly soften the impact from losing Hill for the remaining 15 games and into the playoffs.