Justice Hill

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #5
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #5
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Back from COVID list, still on IR

Hill (Achilles) was returned from the reserve/COVID list Thursday, though he still remains on IR.

Analysis: The running back was placed on the COVID list Christmas Day, causing him to be unable to rehab his season-ending Achilles injury in team facilities. Now back with the team, Hill will return to preparing for the 2022 season.

Jan 6, 2022 3:05 PM EST

Shifts to COVID list

Hill (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Hill was already on IR and out for the season due to a torn ACL suffered in training camp. While on the COVID list, Hill will not be able to rehab his injury at the Ravens' facilities. He'll try to clear COVID protocols, so he can continue to prepare for a return in 2022.

Dec 25, 2021 8:34 PM EST

Lands on IR

Hill (Achilles), who had been waived-injured by the Ravens, reverted to IR on Thursday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Hill joins fellow running back J.K. Dobbins (torn ACL) on IR, and Gus Edwards could follow them soon after suffering what appears to be a serious knee injury during Thursday's practice. In the wake of all their backfield woes, the Ravens' top healthy RB is Ty'Son Williams, though veteran newcomers Le'Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman profile as likely promotions from the team's practice squad.

Sep 9, 2021 4:01 PM EST

Waived-injured by Ravens

Hill (Achilles) was waived-injured by the Ravens on Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction log, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Though previous reports indicated that Hill was already on IR, he'll now need to clear waivers in order for that to become official. In the wake of Hill's season-ending injury, the Ravens added running back Trenton Cannon to their 53-man roster, while Le'Veon Bell joined the team's practice squad.

Sep 8, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Lands on IR

Hill (Achilles) has been placed on IR by the Ravens.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Ryan Mink of the team's official site relays that the Ravens have signed fellow running back Trenton Cannon to their 53-man roster, while adding Le'Veon Bell to the practice squad. Hill lands on IR after having suffered a season-ending Achilles tear, which currently leaves Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams as Baltimore's top two healthy backs.

Sep 8, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Reportedly suffers Achilles' injury

Hill has reportedly suffered a torn Achilles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per the report, it's a season-ending injury, which if confirmed, would explain why the Ravens worked out Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman and Elijah Holyfield on Monday. For now, Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams are the team's top healthy running backs.

Sep 6, 2021 2:13 PM EST

Not practicing Monday

Hill (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at Monday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Hill's absence is related to the ankle issue he previously dealt with, but the Ravens currently roster just two other running backs, Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams. For now, consider Hill day-to-day as next Monday's season opener against the Raiders approaches.

Sep 6, 2021 11:01 AM EST

Returns to practice

Hill (ankle) is practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: A return to practice 12 days before the season opener puts Hill in good position to play, though just a week ago he seemed to be losing his battle with Ty'Son Williams for one of the Ravens' final roster spots. J.K. Dobbins' season-ending ACL injury created room for both Williams and Hill to land backup roles, while Gus Edwards will join forces with QB Lamar Jackson to spearhead the Baltimore rushing attack. Even if he's limited to passing downs or a change-of-pace role Week 1 at Las Vegas, the 23-year-old Hill now sits just one injury away from likely relevance.

Sep 1, 2021 11:53 AM EST

Could see added work

Hill, who has missed the last two preseason games with an ankle injury, is now in a better position to secure a role in Baltimore's ground game in the wake of the knee injury suffered by teammate J.K. Dobbins, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Dobbins projected to be out for the season, Gus Edwards is in line to be the Ravens' lead back, while Ty'Son Williams and Hill are in the mix for complementary touches. Whereas there had previously some doubt regarding Hill's prospects with the team, especially with Williams showing well this summer, Dobbins' injury seemingly paves the way for Hill to garner a role in Baltimore's offense as the 2021 campaign approaches.

Aug 29, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Not expected to play

Hill (ankle) isn't in line to play in Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill injured his ankle in the preseason opener and hasn't practiced since. He entered camp as the favorite for the No. 3 RB job, but Ty'Son Williams gets another chance to make his case Saturday night.

Aug 28, 2021 2:17 PM EST

Dealing with ankle sprain

Hill (ankle) hasn't practiced since Saturday's preseason win over New Orleans, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill sprained his ankle, likely during the exhibition. He finished with six touches for only 12 yards and now figures to miss Baltimore's second preseason contest Saturday against Carolina. With Hill being the favorite for the No. 3 spot at running back, his absence should give Ty'Son Williams more chances to make his own case for the role.

Aug 19, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Looking good for roster spot

Hill is in good position for Baltimore's No. 3 RB spot, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

Analysis: The Ravens didn't sign any veteran running backs this offseason, nor did they use any of their eight draft picks on the position. That's probably a vote of confidence in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards more so than Hill, but it nonetheless puts Hill in good position for the No. 3 spot, which might just be the same role he handled late last season after Mark Ingram fell out of favor. Between the final five weeks of the regular season and two playoff games, Hill saw three carries and two targets on 35 offensive snaps, mostly handling third downs. While it isn't a role that comes with any inherent fantasy value, Hill does find himself just one injury away from a shot at more work on the ground.

May 4, 2021 8:26 AM EST

Role diminishes in 2020

Hill had 12 carries for 60 yards and added five catches for 20 yards in 12 games this season.

Analysis: Hill's already-minimal role evaporated in his second season as he dropped from 58 carries for 225 yards and two scores as a rookie to 12 carries for 60 yards in 2020. His snaps dropped from 193 to 73 as well. Rookie J.K. Dobbins has cemented himself as the primary ball carrier for Baltimore and the combo of Gus Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson take up most of the other carries. Even if Mark Ingram is gone next season, Hill doesn't appear to have a path to playing time in Baltimore entering his third year with the team.

Jan 5, 2021 8:49 AM EST

Takes three snaps on offense

Hill did not receive any rush attempts or targets during Sunday's 27-13 win against the Giants.

Analysis: Hill garnered 14 of his 17 snaps on special teams during Baltimore's Week 16 win. The 23-year-old cost his team with a roughing the kicker penalty early in the fourth quarter, allowing New York to extend a drive that would culminate in the Giants' only touchdown of the game. Hill has more game appearances (11) than he does carries (10) as Baltimore heads into an all-too-familiar Week 17 matchup against the Bengals.

Dec 29, 2020 4:49 PM EST

Posts eight-yard reception

Hill reeled in his only target for eight yards during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The second-year back from Oklahoma State registered his fourth catch in as many games during Baltimore's Week 15 rout, though he remains uninvolved in the ground game. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards combined for 106 rushing yards and a TD on 23 RB carries, while Hill went without a rush attempt for the eighth time over 10 appearances this season. Hill is expected to continue contributing as a depth option Week 16 when Baltimore hosts the Giants' No. 6 rush defense.

Dec 22, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Reverts to minor role

Hill had a four-yard reception on one target Tuesday against Dallas.

Analysis: Baltimore getting both J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram back in the mix had a direct impact on Hill's playing time as he saw just six offensive snaps. The role Hill saw against the Cowboys was in line with how he has been used for every game outside of the Pittsburgh matchup in Week 12, which was his only outing with double-digit snaps on offense. Hill will remain an ancillary part of the Ravens' ground game as long as Dobbins, Ingram, and Gus Edwards are healthy and available.

Dec 10, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Likely reverting to reserve role

Hill is active alongside running backs J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards for Tuesday's game versus Dallas.

Analysis: Hill saw double-digit offensive snaps for the first time in 2020 last week against Pittsburgh and had 11 touches for 40 yards, but he should return to a minor offensive role with Ingram and Dobbins clear from COVID-19. Hill had only one touch in six games during 2020 before working as the change-of-pace option behind Edwards in Week 12.

Dec 8, 2020 3:57 PM EST

Solid in extended opportunity

Hill rushed nine times for 35 yards and secured both targets for five yards in the Ravens' 19-14 loss to the Steelers on Wednesday.

Analysis: The third-year back looked good on a couple of his runs, most notably on a game-long 19-yarder. Hill hadn't logged a carry all season before Wednesday, so he certainly had fresh legs and was able to use them to carve out a bit more success on the ground than backfield mate Gus Edwards. Despite showing some encouraging signs, the reality is Hill seems destined to revert back to anonymity if Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Tuesday night's Week 13 battle versus the Cowboys.

Dec 2, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Change-of-pace role awaits

Hill is expected to serve as the top backup to Gus Edwards in Thursday's game against the Steelers after fellow running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill, a 2019 fourth-round pick, has dressed for only six of the Ravens' 10 games this season, playing 108 of his 125 total snaps on special teams. This week's game will mark the first time this season the Ravens won't have two of their top three backs available, so Hill should be thrust into an offensive role out of necessity. Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson will most likely dominate the carries out of the backfield, but Edwards' limitations as a pass catcher could clear the way for Hill to step in as the Ravens' primary third-down back.

Nov 24, 2020 3:21 PM EST

Role exclusive to special teams

Hill collected three tackles on 17 special-teams snaps, registering zero carries or targets on three offensive plays during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Colts.

Analysis: With rookie second-round draft choice J.K. Dobbins now a member of Baltimore's backfield, Hill has gone without a rush attempt in 2020 after fielding 58 during his debut NFL season out of Oklahoma State last year. After dealing with a thigh injury throughout most of September, Hill has made game appearances in Weeks 4, 6, 8 and 9 while registering five total tackles. His offensive role is likely to remain obsolete, however, barring an injury ahead of him on the RB depth chart.

Nov 10, 2020 5:34 PM EST

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