The Patriots will be on the market for a running back after placing Jeremy Hill on injured reserve with a torn right ACL a league source confirmed Monday.
Hill, who will miss the rest of the season, went down early in the third quarter of Sunday’s season-opening 27-20 win over the Texans. Following tight end Rob Gronkowski’s catch and fumble, Hill was going after Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu, who had made the recovery, when he collided with Patriots fullback James Develin.
Hill could barely put pressure on his right leg as two members of the team’s medical staff assisted him to the blue tent on the sideline. Hill, who signed a one-year deal with the Patriots in March, tweeted “Gods Plan’’ about an hour after the win — a strong indication that his prognosis was not good.
Hill looked solid in his debut, rushing four times for 25 yards and catching a pass for 6 yards. In addition, he partially blocked a Trevor Daniel punt.
The Patriots also had running backs James White and Rex Burkhead active Sunday, while rookie Sony Michel was inactive. In addition, Ralph Webb is on the practice squad.
Michel missed a good chunk of camp after having a procedure done on his knee. He returned to practice in a limited capacity, and it’s unknown how close he is to contributing.
Hill won a job with an excellent summer, beating out incumbent big back Mike Gillislee, who was released on the cutdown day and subsequently signed a one-year deal with the Saints. Brandon Bolden, Kenneth Farrow, Khalfani Muhammad, and Webb also were released, and only Bolden (Dolphins) has found another job.
New England had Kenjon Barner and Matthew Dayes in for workouts last week and did the same with Orleans Darkwa in the spring.
There are other intriguing possibilities out there, including former Patriot Shane Vereen, Thomas Rawls, DeMarco Murray, Eddie Lacy, and Terrence West.