Brian Hill

San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #25
San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #25

Brian Hill News

Rejoins 49ers

Hill was signed to the 49ers' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Hill was waived from San Francisco's active roster over the weekend but will return to the organization via the practice squad. He'll provide depth at running back with Elijah Mitchell, Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty now healthy.

Jan 3, 2022 5:14 PM EST

Waived by 49ers

Hill was waived by San Francisco on Saturday, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Hill's departure from the active roster bodes well for Elijah Mitchell's return from a knee injury on Sunday. The Wyoming product had seen special-teams action in each of the 49ers' last three games and will likely head back to the practice squad.

Jan 1, 2022 5:08 PM EST

Promoted to active roster

Hill was promoted to the active roster from the 49ers' practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Hill has been given a permanent spot on the active roster after being elevated from the practice squad for each of the previous two games. His usage has been limited to special teams thus far with the 49ers, and that should remain the case Thursday, even with starting running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) still sidelined.

Dec 23, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Shifts back to practice squad

Hill has reverted to San Francisco's practice squad, per the NFL's official transaction report.

Analysis: Hill played 15 snaps on special teams Week 15, logging one tackle on kick coverage. In his two appearances with the 49ers this season, Hill has been limited entirely to special teams.

Dec 21, 2021 5:23 AM EST

Rejoins San Fran active roster

Hill was elevated to the 49ers' active roster Saturday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Hill was elevated to the active roster last week and played just 16 special-team snaps. That's not expected to change even though Elijiah Mitchell (concussion/knee) will not play Sunday.

Dec 18, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Limited to special teams

Hill reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Hill signed with 49ers' practice squad prior to their Week 14 matchup against Cincinnati. He was quickly promoted to the active due to the shaky health of the backfield, but he was limited to only 16 special teams snaps. Hill may be promoted again prior to San Francisco's Week 15 game against Atlanta if Trenton Cannon (concussion) and Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) remain sidelined.

Dec 13, 2021 7:22 PM EST

Promoted from practice squad

Hill was elevated to the 49ers' active roster Saturday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 8 with multiple injuries plaguing the the 49ers' running backs. With Trenton Cannon (concussion) and Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) set to miss Sunday against the Bengals, Hill will likely line up third on the 49ers' running back depth chart behind Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty.

Dec 11, 2021 4:24 PM EST

Finds new home

Hill signed with the 49ers' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Hill was cut from the Browns' practice squad on Nov. 30 after never seeing the field for them. With Trenton Cannon (concussion), Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) and Jeff Wilson (knee) all considered questionable going into Sunday against the Bengals, the 49ers find themselves potentially very thin at running back. Last season with Atlanta, Hill had 100 carries for 465 yards and a touchdown, with 25 receptions for 199 yards while appearing in all 16 games.

Dec 8, 2021 12:47 PM EST

Tries out for Vikings

Hill had a tryout with the Vikings on Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Dalvin Cook has a dislocated shoulder that's expected to sideline him for the next two games, though the starting running back is yet to have been ruled out from Sunday's game against the Lions. If Cook's forced to miss time, the Vikings could opt to bring in Hill for backfield depth behind Alexander Mattison and special teams ace Kene Nwangwu.

Dec 1, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Gets cut Tuesday

Hill was cut from the Browns' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Hill signed with the Browns' practice squad on Nov. 9 when their running back unit was dealing with multiple ailments. He was active for their Week 10 contest against the Patriots but never took the field. The five-year veteran, most notably known for his time with the Falcons, will now work towards catching on elsewhere.

Nov 30, 2021 12:34 PM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Hill reverted to the Browns' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Hill never saw the field in Week 10 with D'Ernest Johnson seeing all the work. With Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton, and John Kelly all still on the COVID-19 list, it's possible Hill will get another shot on the active roster in Week 11 against the Lions.

Nov 15, 2021 4:23 PM EST

DNP in Week 10 loss

Hill was active Week 10 but did not play in a 45-7 loss to New England.

Analysis: Hill was pressed into duty, as Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton were unavailable while in COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, Kareem Hunt (calf) was unavailable for a fourth consecutive game.

Nov 15, 2021 5:33 AM EST

Elevated to active roster

The Browns have elevated HIll to their active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hill was added to the practice squad earlier in the week due to a plethora of absences at running back for the Browns. With Nick Chubb (illness), Demetric Felton (illness) and John Kelly (illness) all sidelined, he will presumably back up D'Ernest Johnson in the backfield.

Nov 13, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Added to Browns' practice squad

Hill was signed to the Browns' practice Tuesday.

Analysis: The 26-year-old went unsigned this offseason after appearing in all 16 games for the Falcons last season, racking up 465 yards on the ground and a touchdown. With Nick Chubb (illness) and Demetric Felton (illness) ending up on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Hill may be called upon to play a reserve role behind D'Ernest Johnson at running back for the team in Week 10 against the Patriots.

Nov 9, 2021 2:26 PM EST

Works out with Bears

Hill (undisclosed) worked out with the Bears on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Hill was cut from the Titans' injured reserve more than two weeks ago, and he's healthy enough to seek new employment. The 2017 fifth-round pick played 16 games with the Falcons last year and recorded 100 carries for 465 yards and a touchdown and 25 receptions for 199 yards.

Sep 21, 2021 5:38 PM EST

Reaches injury settlement

The Titans cut Hill (undisclosed) from IR with an injury settlement Thursday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Rather than spend the entire 2021 season on Tennessee's injured reserve, Hill will now be eligible to sign elsewhere in the league when recovered from his undisclosed issue. Through 16 games in Atlanta last season, Hill racked up 465 rushing yards and one touchdown on 100 carries.

Sep 3, 2021 4:09 AM EST

Headed to IR

Hill has been placed on IR after suffering an undisclosed injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Hill no longer in the mix, Darrynton Evans, Mekhi Sargent and Jeremy McNichols are now in the line to jostle for backup slotting in Tennessee's backfield behind undisputed top back, Derrick Henry.

Aug 29, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Leading rusher Saturday

Hill carried the ball 14 times for 63 yards and caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears.

Analysis: While his numbers were solid, Hill may not have put any distance between himself and the other candidates fighting for depth roles in the Titans' backfield -- Mekhi Sargent got the start and gained 51 rushing yards and a TD, while the newly signed Javian Hawkins added 49 rushing yards and a touchdown and even fullback Khari Blasingame chipped in 64 combined yards. Derrick Henry is of course locked into the lead role, with Darrynton Evans (leg) expected to be the No. 2 RB if he's healthy by Week 1, leaving Hill or whoever wins the No. 3 spot little opportunity for touches without an injury ahead of them.

Aug 28, 2021 9:14 PM EST

Gets late work

Hill recorded 10 carries for 33 yards in the Titans' first preseason game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Hill was listed as the co-second string running back on the team's initial depth chart, yet he worked behind Darrynton Evans (knee), Jeremy McNichols and Mekhi Sargent. That may have simply been part of coach Mike Vrabel's plan for the game, and Hill broke off several runs of six and seven yards once he entered the contest. Hill is coming off his most productive season as a pro in 2020 and should be locked into some sort of backup role with the Titans come the regular season.

Aug 13, 2021 9:19 PM EST

Moves ahead of McNichols

Hill was listed ahead of Jeremy McNichols on the Titans' first official depth chart, Gentry Estes of the Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Hill joined the Titans in the offseason coming off the most productive season of his career. Even so, he came into training camp in a battle with both McNichols and Darrynton Evans for a role and potentially a roster spot. Hill is currently listed as the team's co-number two back with Evans, so presumably he's outperformed McNichols to this point in camp. However, without an injury to Derrick Henry, Hill will have a hard time earning any significant amount of touches out of the backfield.

Aug 9, 2021 7:58 PM EST

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