Buffalo Bills running back Nyheim Hines is set to miss the entire 2023 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury. The incident occurred when Hines was on a stationary Jet Ski and was struck by another rider. The injury will require surgery, a major blow for the Bills as they had big plans for Hines this season.
Last season, Hines appeared in nine games for the Bills after being acquired from the Indianapolis Colts. In that limited time, he showed promise with six rush attempts, 53 receiving yards, and one touchdown. However, it was his performance in Week 18 that truly showcased his abilities as he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a win over the New England Patriots.
The Bills were counting on Hines to serve as their primary kickoff and punt returner this season. With his absence, the team will now have to find someone else to step up in that regard. The Bills’ running back room currently consists of James Cook, Damien Harris, and Latavius Murray, but with Hines out, the workload on Cook is likely to increase significantly.
It is possible that the Bills may need to look outside the organization to find additional support at the running back position. Losing Hines leaves a void in their offensive plans and they will have to rely on players with previous experience in the return game to fill the gap left by Hines.
Hines played a crucial role in the Bills’ running back overhaul last year when he was acquired at the trade deadline. His absence will undoubtedly force the team to adjust their plans for the upcoming season. Hines, who has amassed 1,202 rushing yards, 1,778 receiving yards, and 18 offensive touchdowns in his career, was particularly impressive in 2020 with the Colts, recording 380 rushing yards and 63 catches for 482 yards.
The injury is a tough blow for Hines, who had established himself as a playmaker and a versatile weapon for the Bills. Despite the setback, the team will have to move forward and find a way to succeed without his contributions.
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