Dontrell Hilliard

Tennessee Titans
Running Back #26
Tennessee Titans
Running Back #26

Dontrell Hilliard News

Lands on IR

Hilliard (neck) has been placed on IR, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Hilliard, who suffered a neck injury in Week 14, is thus slated to miss the rest of the regular season. In a corresponding move, Julius Chestnut was signed to the Titans' active roster to provide the team with added backfield depth behind Derrick Henry and Hassan Haskins.

Dec 17, 2022 10:52 AM EST

Won't play Week 15

Hilliard (neck) won't play Sunday against the Chargers, per coach Mike Vrabel, Turron Davenport of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hilliard being ruled out so early in the week suggests the change-of-pace running back could be looking at an extended absence. He'll sit out Week 15 at a minimum, leaving Julius Chestnut as Tennessee's likely passing down option against the Chargers. Chestnut caught both of his targets for eight yards in the Week 14 loss to Jacksonville after Hilliard got hurt.

Dec 12, 2022 10:32 AM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Hilliard was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a neck injury, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Hilliard sidelined and Hassan Haskins (hip) inactive Sunday, practice squad elevation Julius Chestnut is on hand to back up Derrick Henry and contribute as a returner versus Jacksonville.

Dec 11, 2022 11:20 AM EST

Catches two passes

Hilliard rushed the ball once for two yards in Sunday's 35-10 loss to the Eagles. He added two receptions on two targets for 14 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard continued to work minimally behind Derrick Henry, and he now has exactly one rushing attempt in four of his last seven games. He did manage multiple receptions for the second consecutive game, though that's resulted in only 17 combined yards. Hilliard has value as the likely lead back if Henry were to become unavailable, though he can't be projected to get much work in the meantime.

Dec 5, 2022 5:25 PM EST

Limited to 19 total yards

Hilliard rushed the ball twice for 16 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Bengals. He added three receptions for three yards.

Analysis: Hilliard has had a few splash performances this season thanks to his ability to find the end zone, but his volume has remained minimal while working behind Derrick Henry. That was no exception against the Bengals on Sunday, and Hilliard has now seen two or fewer rushing attempts in eight of 10 games on the campaign. His three receptions were his highest mark since Week 5, though he had minimal production with that opportunity.

Nov 28, 2022 6:39 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Hilliard ran the ball once for four yards in Thursday's 27-17 win over the Packers. He added one reception for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Hilliard saw only two touches, each of which came within the Titans' first two offensive possessions. However, he made good use of his limited opportunity by finding the end zone on a14-yard reception to cap Tennessee's first drive. Hilliard now has four touchdowns on the season despite racking up only 19 rushing attempts and 16 catches across nine games.

Nov 18, 2022 6:31 PM EST

Minimal role in victory

Hilliard recorded one rush for two yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Broncos. He added one reception on two targets for six yards.

Analysis: Ryan Tannehill took to the air 36 times, typically a game script that should benefit Hilliard. Instead, he saw only two touches and made no meaningful contribution on offense. While he's had some spike performances, Hilliard is primarily the handcuff to Derrick Henry.

Nov 14, 2022 3:49 PM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Hilliard (groin) turned in a full practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Hilliard took only limited reps in the Titans' first Week 10 practice Wednesday, but his advancement to full participation a day later clears the way for him to play Sunday against the Broncos. He'll likely work in his typical complementary role behind bell cow Derrick Henry, with most of Hilliard's opportunities coming on passing downs or on the few occasions Henry requires a breather on early downs.

Nov 10, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Limited at practice

Hillard (groin) was listed as limited in Wednesday's walk-through practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Hilliard logged 16 snaps on offense while working behind top back Derrick Henry (30 snaps, 17 carries) in this past Sunday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Chiefs. In the process, Hilliard carried three times for 12 yards and added one reception for minus-4 yards. As long as Henry remains available, Hilliard's complementary role will continue to yield hit-or-miss fantasy production.

Nov 9, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Minimal role against Chiefs

Hilliard rushed the ball three times for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chiefs. He added one reception for -4 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard's production has fluctuated throughout the season, which makes sense given his backup role to Derrick Henry. Sunday night's effort was one of his worst of the season, as he managed only four touches and didn't have a gain of longer than five yards. Despite the disappointing effort, Hilliard should maintain a relatively consistent role in the passing game, as he now has at least one reception in six of his seven games on the campaign.

Nov 7, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Big numbers in backup role

Hilliard carried the ball eight times for 83 yards and caught his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Texans.

Analysis: The Titans' rushing game did almost all the work in the win, and while Derrick Henry dominated the Texans again with 219 yards and two TDs, Hilliard put up impressive numbers of his own on limited touches and set a new season high in scrimmage yards. While he won't get to face the Houston front seven every week, Tennessee's No. 2 back could be productive again in Week 9 against Kansas City if Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is back under center and Hilliard sees more usage in the passing game.

Oct 30, 2022 7:52 PM EST

Scripted out of win

Hilliard carried the ball once for four yards in Sunday's 19-10 win over the Colts. He did not haul in either of his targets.

Analysis: As has been the case this season, Hilliard played a minimal role in the Titans' rushing attack. However, he was also an afterthought as a pass catcher due to game script and suffered through his first game without a reception as a result. Hilliard has still tallied at least three receptions in three of his five games this season.

Oct 24, 2022 6:49 PM EST

Tallies receiving score

Hilliard carried the ball once for zero yards but chipped in four receptions on five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Commanders.

Analysis: Hilliard wasn't involved as a rusher, but he continued to produce as a pass catcher out of the Tennessee backfield. He scored the Titans' first touchdown of the game on a 13-yard reception, spelling Derrick Henry after he made a 24-yard catch of his own. Though Hilliard has only five rushing attempts in four games this season, he has multiple receptions on three occasions.

Oct 10, 2022 6:35 PM EST

Four catches against Colts

Hilliard recorded four receptions on four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Hilliard didn't record a carry, as Derrick Henry was the only member of the Titans' backfield to have a rushing attempt. However, Hilliard continued to have a significant role in the offense as a pass catcher, and he now has multiple receptions in two of his three games on the campaign.

Oct 3, 2022 7:20 PM EST

Only three touches in win

Hilliard rushed the ball twice for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Raiders. He added one reception for 30 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard was on the field for only 14 offensive snaps as Derrick Henry dominated the work out of the Titans' backfield. Even so, Hilliard managed to impress with a 30-yard reception late in the third quarter that pushed the Titans out from their own goal line. While limited in his role, Hilliard has recorded four receptions for 91 yards in two games this season.

Sep 26, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Ready for Week 3 action

Hilliard (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Week 2 prep and eventually not playing this past Monday at Buffalo, Hilliard returned to the practice field this week, following up limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday with all activity Friday. He's thus ready to resume his role as the direct backup to workhorse running back Derrick Henry, which resulted in five touches for 69 yards and two receiving TDs on 11 offensive snaps against the Giants in the season opener.

Sep 23, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Remains limited Thursday

Hilliard (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Following back-to-back limited sessions, Hilliard will need to practice fully Friday in order to avoid approaching Sunday's game against the Raiders with an injury designation. If he's out or limited this weekend, Hassan Haskins would once again be in line to see added backfield work for the Titans in Week 3 behind Derrick Henry.

Sep 22, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Listed as limited Wednesday

Hilliard (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, which Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site described as "more of a conditioning/walkthrough session."

Analysis: A previous report relayed that the running back wasn't initially spotted at Wednesday practice, but Hilliard's eventual presence suggests that he has a shot to return to action Sunday against the Raiders after being inactive for the Titans' Week 2 loss to the Bills.

Sep 21, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Remains sidelined

Hilliard (hamstring) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: After sitting sitting out this past Monday's loss to the Bill, Hilliard's status for Sunday's contest against the Raiders is cloudy. If he's unable to suit up this weekend, Hassan Haskins would once again be in line to see complementary backfield work for the Titans in Week 3 behind Derrick Henry.

Sep 21, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Ruled out for Monday

Hilliard (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Bills, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Head coach Mike Vrabel ruled out Hilliard shortly after the Titans finished practice Saturday. Rookie Hassan Haskins is expected to fill the void behind Derrick Henry in Monday's prime-time contest, but Haskins likely won't have a similar upside as a receiver compared to Hilliard who tallied three catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 1 loss.

Sep 17, 2022 12:14 PM EST

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