Buffalo Bills running back Nyheim Hines is expected to miss the entire 2023 season after suffering a knee injury in a jet ski accident, according to multiple reports.
The injury occurred on Sunday, July 24, when Hines was sitting stationary on a jet ski and was struck by another rider. He suffered a serious but non-life-threatening injury to his left knee, including an ACL tear.
Hines, 26, is expected to undergo surgery this week. He is not expected to be able to play until the 2024 season.
The injury is a major blow to the Bills, who were counting on Hines to be a key contributor in their backfield this season. Hines was a versatile player who could be used in a variety of ways, including as a rusher, receiver, and returner.
In 2022, Hines appeared in 11 games for the Bills, recording 24 carries for 112 yards and 22 receptions for 163 yards. He also returned 17 punts for 157 yards and one touchdown.
The Bills now have a number of decisions to make at running back. They have James Cook, Damien Harris, and Latavius Murray on the roster, but none of those players are as versatile as Hines.
The Bills could look to add another running back to the roster, or they could use Cook and Harris in more versatile roles.
Hines’ injury is a major setback for the Bills, but they still have a talented roster. They will need to find a way to replace Hines’ production if they want to make a deep playoff run in 2023.