Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill will miss the remainder of the season, according to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Paul Dehner Jr. Hill suffered an ankle injury during the team’s final practice before their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The decision to undergo surgery seems to have irked coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis told reporters that he heard from team physicians that the surgery could have been held off until after the season had concluded. Hill made the determination that he needed the surgery due to severe discomfort.
Hill has struggled to find consistency this season. After rushing for a total of 29 touchdowns over the past three seasons, Hill failed to reach the end zone once across seven games this year. His average yards per carry has also dropped to just 3.1, the lowest of his career.
Hill is slated to become a free agent following this season. It is unlikely that the Bengals will look to re-sign him. Cincinnati drafted controversial running back Joe Mixon in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft as a supplement to Hill this year. The team also has former 2nd round draft selection Giovani Bernard on the roster.
Mixon will start for the Bengals in Hill’s absence. The Bengals next play Sunday against the Denver Broncos on the road.