The Buffalo Bills appeared to be picking up an injury Monday as Nyheim Hines reportedly suffered a major knee injury and is expected to miss the entire 2023 season.
Hines suffered the injury off the field, and it was significant enough to cost him an entire year, the NFL Network reported.
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Buffalo acquired Hines from the Indianapolis Colts in November when his former team focused solely on running back Jonathan Taylor and no longer had a spot for him. Hines played in nine games for Buffalo, primarily on special teams and as a kick and punt returner.
Hines had two kick return touchdowns for Buffalo, both in the same emotional game.
On January 8, the Bills played the New England Patriots. It was the team’s first game since Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Playing with a heavy heart, Hines made an immediate impact.
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He returned Nick Folk’s kick 96 yards for a touchdown in a scene straight out of a storybook.
Hines would do it again in the third quarter to put the Bills back up 21-17. Buffalo would win the game 35-23 and advance to 13-3 on the season, winning the AFC East for the third straight time.
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Hines amassed 554 kick return yards and 264 punt return yards over the course of the 2022 season. He was expected to get the nod back at that position before the apparent injury.