Veteran Bills running back Nyheim Hines will miss the 2023 season due to a strange accident on a jet ski.
“While sitting stationary on a jet ski, Nyheim Hines was struck by another rider and sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero wrote, adding that surgery will be required.
While sitting stationary on a jet ski, Nyheim Hines was struck by another rider and sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Hines will require surgery and will miss the 2023 season. https://t.co/hR1VVD7BmW
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 24, 2023
Hines modified his contract this summer to stay with the organization, getting a $1 million signing bonus in the process. He was projected to be a backup running back for the Bills, vying for snaps alongside Damien Harris and Latavius Murray behind assumed starter James Cook.
Hines may be best remembered for his special team’s abilities, particularly a two-touchdown game against the Patriots in the regular season finale that gave Bills fans one of the season’s most memorable moments. The week following Damar Hamlin’s on-field cardiac attack, Hines returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, prompting Hamlin to set “every alarm in the ICU” while celebrating.
Quarterback Josh Allen described the play as “purely spiritual… You can’t sketch or write anything better than that.”
Hines finished the season with -3 running yards for the Bills after being acquired at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Zack Moss to the Colts. He also had five receptions for 53 yards.
Regarding the Bills’ depth chart, the loss of Hines undoubtedly increases Murray’s chances of making the club and may open the door for undrafted rookie Jordan Mims (Fresno State). The organization has reportedly scheduled a workout with Darrynton Evans, a Titans 2020 third-round pick who spent last season with the Bears.
Deonte Harty and Khalil Shakir, both receivers, have experience returning kicks and punts and may fill those responsibilities.
Wednesday is the opening day of the Bills training camp.
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