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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Injury report: Hill could be done for year

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not rule out the possibility receiver Stephen Hill might not play the rest of this season due to swelling in his knee. Hill sat out Sunday's win over Oakland and did not practice Wednesday. He was in the bike area during the open portion of practice.

"I don't know. We'll see," Ryan said about Hill's season being over. "Obviously we'd like to get him out here if he can play and can be effective. That would the best-case scenario for us. We'll see how it progresses."

Ryan acknowledged Hill's knee injury has slowed him, particularly during his recent funk. In Hill's past four games, he has just one catch for 2 yards. Through 12 games, he has just 24 catches for 342 yards and one touchdown. He's hauled in fewer than half of his targets this season.

"I think we've all been like, 'What's going on here?' and I think it's become clear he's had some swelling, some issues with his knee where he hasn't been able to burst out of breaks and things like that," Ryan said. "He was practicing, he was gutting it out, he'll do those things. How much [has that] helped him? Obviously [it] hasn't helped him a whole lot. We're trying to get him back to where he can really run and burst out of cuts and things like that."

The Jets traded up in the 2012 draft to acquire Hill, giving up fifth- and seventh-round picks to grab the Georgia Tech product. Hill hasn't fulfilled expectations, though, as he barely has made a difference and hasn't been a threat on the outside. The pick looks even worse considering Chicago receiver Alshon Jeffery, who was chosen two picks after Hill, is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards.

Ryan admitted that Hill's progression doesn't look good at the moment. He said he doesn't regret the selection, though.

"Really, by Year 3, I think that's the big one, you'll know if this guy has really hit it [or] this guy maybe hasn't been as good," Ryan said. "Certainly by the numbers, I understand you expect [a] certain amount of production, but there's some contributing factors here. I know one thing: He had a great training camp and we were all excited. I was excited about seeing him make those steps. Sometimes you're limited through different things."

Here's the full injury report:

JETS

DID NOT PRACTICE
WR Stephen Hill (knee)
CB Antonio Cromartie (hip/concussion)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)

LIMITED PRACTICE
WR Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring)
LB Garrett McIntyre (knee)

FULL PRACTICE
LB DeMario Davis (thumb)
DL Kenrick Ellis (back)
WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow)
WR David Nelson (ribs)
WR Greg Salas (finger)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist)

PANTHERS

DID NOT PRACTICE
OG Nate Chandler (elbow)
DT Dwan Edwards (non-injury)
OT Jordan Gross (non-injury)
TE Greg Olsen (foot)
RB Jonathan Stewart (knee)
OG Travelle Wharton (non-injury)

LIMITED PRACTICE
OG Chris Scott (knee)
LB Jordan Senn (hamstring)