Buffalo Bills running back Nyheim Hines is expected to miss the entire 2023 season with a “significant” knee injury, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said Monday.
The nature of the knee injury is unknown, as is the cause. According to Pelissero, this happened “off site” and not at Bills’ facility.
A tough break for Buffalo and the versatile Hines, who was acquired last fall at the trade deadline. pic.twitter.com/5nMtV6xtAd
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 24, 2023
It’s a brutal turn of events for the 26-year-old Hines. He was traded from the Indianapolis Colts to the Bills midway through last season and had his pay cut to stay at Buffalo when the Bills restructured his contract.
Without Hines, the Bills have James Cook, Damien Harris and Latavius Murray running back. But Hines’ absence leaves a bigger hole than just a third pass. He was also expected to be a major returner for hits and punts in the Bills, a role he performed last year with positive results, most notably in Week 18 when he returned kickoffs for touchdowns twice.
Week 18’s first comeback was especially meaningful for Bills players, staff, and fans. It was the first game since Damar Hamlin’s heart stopped on the field and Hines returned the kickoff with a touchdown. This sent the Highmark stadium into a ground-shaking frenzy.
Deonte Harty, Khalil Shakir and Micah Hyde could replace Hines in the two positions, according to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.