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Nyheim Hines

#4 RB,

Bills

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ACTUAL 2022

28 FPTS

RANK:96

2023 SEASON

47 FPTS

RANK:96

AGE

26 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

5'8'' / 198 lbs

COLLEGE

NC State

Expects to be ready for camp

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-08

Hines (knee) said Tuesday he expects to be ready for training camp, Camryn Justice of News 5 Cleveland reports.

Hines underwent surgery to repair his left ACL last August, then was released by the Bills in March after missing the entire 2023 season. Assuming he's indeed able to get back to full health by the start of training camp, Hines should have a solid chance to compete for a third down role out of the backfield while also contributing in the return game. With Nick Chubb (knee) working his way back from an ACL tear of his own and no guarantee to be ready for Week 1, Jerome Ford and D'Onta Foreman figure to work alongside Hines as Cleveland's top backs during training camp.

Joining Cleveland backfield

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-12

Hines (knee) is slated to sign a one-year deal with the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The report indicates that Hines' deal is worth up to $3.5 million. The 27-year-old is bouncing back from a left ACL injury that he sustained last July and cost him the entire 2023 season. When healthy, however, Hines should provide the Browns backfield with a pass-catching/change-of-pace option, while also adding utility as a returner.

Let go by Buffalo

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-06

The Bills released Hines (knee) on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN previously noted that Hines, who is recovering from an ACL injury that cost the running back the 2023 season, will likely be ready to take the field by training camp. Assuming no setbacks, Hines should be able to compete for a change-of-pace/return role in 2024, but the 27-year-old will need to re-prove his health before re-entering the fantasy equation in PPR formats.

Likely to be cut

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-03

The Bills plan to release Hines (knee) during the upcoming week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Though Hines is expected to attain full medical clearance ahead of training camp while he nears the finish line in his recovery from the ACL reconstruction surgery he required last August, he'll have to find work elsewhere while Buffalo looks to utilize his 90-man offseason roster spot on another player. After being acquired from the Colts in November 2022 in exchange for running back Zack Moss and a 2023 fifth-round draft pick, Hines appeared in just seven games for Buffalo, carrying 18 times for 36 yards and a touchdown to go with 25 catches for 188 yards while also contributing as a punt returner. If teams are satisfied with where Hines stands in his ongoing recovery from knee surgery, he could have an opportunity to battle for a third-down role out of the backfield at his next stop.

Undergoes surgey

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-08

Hines had ACL reconstruction surgery Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Hines' surgery was inevitable after suffering the injury in a jet ski accident in July. Although he has not officially been placed on injured reserve as of yet, that will likely be his next destination, as he has already been declared out for the 2023 campaign. He'll now work toward getting healthy and being able to make a return in 2024.

Officially placed on reserve/NFI

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-07-25

The Bills placed Hines (knee) on the reserve/non-football injury list Tuesday.

Hines was injured in a jet ski accident last weekend and is expected to miss the season after suffering an ACL injury. It's a horrible break for Hines. In the wake of the injury, the Bills have signed veteran RB Darrynton Evans to compete for a job behind James Cook, Damien Harris, and Latavius Murray.

Injures left ACL

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-07-24

Hines sustained an injury to his left AFC when he was struck by a Jet Ski while away from the Bill's facility, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN reports.

Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Hines, who is expected to miss the coming season, is likely to have surgery to repair his knee some time this week. Getzenberg adds that the expectation and goal is for the running back to return to the field for the 2024 campaign. Prior to his injury, Hines had been in line to compete for change-of-pace touches in Buffalo's backfield, as well as serve as a key returner for the team. In his looming absence, James Cook, Damien Harris and Latavius Murray currently profile as the Bills' top three backs, with undrafted free agent Jordan Mims also in the mix.

Needs season-ending surgery

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-07-24

Hines (knee) will undergo season-ending surgery to address an injury suffered as the result of being struck by another rider while stationary on a jet ski, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Hines' injuries are reportedly serious, but not life-threatening. He will be required to miss the entire 2023 season and work to rehab for the 2024 campaign, for which he is also under contract with Buffalo. However, Hines carries a low dead-cap salary number for the 2024 season, and might need to consider a restructure once back to full health. His absence could solidify a three-headed backfield committee for the Bills, with all of James Cook, Damien Harris and Latavius Murray available for work.

Suffers significant knee injury

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-07-24

Hines (knee) suffered a significant injury away from the Bills' training facilities Monday and is expected to miss the entire 2023 campaign, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Hines joined Buffalo at the trade deadline that season and was expected to contribute as a versatile depth or change-of-pace option in 2023, but it appears that the 26-year-old will instead be shut down for the year. Further tests should confirm the severity of Hines' injury shortly, but the timing is particularly brutal, as in 2022 he had to operate without full command of the playbook. James Cook, Damien Harris and Latavius Murray could all see slight upticks in their workload if Hines indeed misses the entire season, in addition to Cook, Deonte Harty and Khalil Shakir each getting more opportunities in the receiving game.

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