Nyheim Hines

Buffalo Bills
Running Back #7
Buffalo Bills
Running Back #7

Nyheim Hines News

Returns two kicks for touchdowns

Hines returned two kicks for touchdowns in Sunday's 35-23 regular-season finale victory over the Patriots.

Analysis: Hines brought back the opening kickoff for a 96-yard touchdown, giving the Bills an early 7-0 lead. The 25-year-old later returned another kick for a 101-yard score in third quarter, putting Buffalo back on top 21-17 after they had just fallen behind for the first time in the game. With the second touchdown, Hines became the first player since Leon Washington to score multiple kick return touchdowns in the same contest, with Washington achieving the feat with the Seahawks in 2010. Overall, Hines had 236 kick-return yards versus New England and he has now produced 554 yards over seven games since becoming the primary kick returner in Week 11.

Jan 9, 2023 7:19 AM EST

Maintains limited role

Hines carried once for three yards and recorded a four-yard reception in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Jets.

Analysis: After logging 21 snaps a week earlier in the Bills' 14-point win over the Patriots, Hines saw his playing time drop off a bit in a more competitive Week 14 contest. He took the field for nine snaps on offense, well behind starter Devin Singletary (27) and ascending rookie James Cook (22). Though Cook was held to 15 total yards on five touches against the Jets, his strong performances in recent weeks should be enough to keep him ahead of Hines on the depth chart for the foreseeable future.

Dec 14, 2022 1:53 PM EST

Back at practice following illness

Hines returned to practice Monday, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hines was one of numerous Bills players that were sidelined for Sunday's team workout following their narrow win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. However, the running back was back in the mix Monday and doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing Thursday's matchup against New England. Regardless, since joining Buffalo at the trade deadline, Hines has rushed twice for negative five yards and failed to haul in his only target, though he has emerged as a solid return man.

Nov 28, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Battling illness

Hines isn't participating during the Bills' team workout Sunday due to an illness, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Following the Bills' Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions, Hines is one of several Bills players who is sitting out the unofficial Sunday practice session due to an illness. The severity of Hines' ailment isn't known, but he'll at least have a few days to move past the illness before the Bills return to action with another Thursday game Week 13 versus the Patriots. Since being acquired from the Colts on Nov. 1, Hines has held a minimal role with his new team. In his first three games with Buffalo, Hines has played 19 total snaps on offense and has accounted for four yards on three touches (two carries, one reception).

Nov 27, 2022 9:29 AM EST

One carry on Thanksgiving

Hines rushed once for three yards in Thursday's 28-25 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Hines finished fifth on the team in carries, trailing fellow running backs Devin Singletary (14) and James Cook (two), as well as quarterback Josh Allen (10) and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (two). Buffalo seems to have traded for Hines primarily due to his special teams prowess rather than to use him on offense; Hines added a 26-yard kickoff return in the Thanksgiving Day win.

Nov 25, 2022 10:14 AM EST

Mostly limited to return duties

Hines rushed once for negative-eight yards and did not bring in his only target in the Bills' Week 11 win over the Browns in Detroit. He also gained 37 yards on two punt returns and 76 yards on three kickoff returns.

Analysis: Hines made an impact as a kick returner in the contest, but that doesn't translate to production in most fantasy leagues. While the veteran running back did see a slight uptick in snaps (10) in comparison to his first two games with Buffalo, he generated negative fantasy points since his only carry resulted in an eight-yard loss. Initial optimism about Hines' potential in Buffalo's prolific offense has all but disappeared now that it's clear he's primarily being viewed as a special-teams contributor.

Nov 22, 2022 4:34 PM EST

Low usage in Bills debut

Hines received just a handful f snaps on offense Sunday and did not record a catch or carry.

Analysis: Hines did have a nice punt return for 18 yards, but as expected he's not going to have a major role in the offense until he gets up to speed with his new offense. While Hines might get some looks in the passing game, Josh Allen and Devin Singletary should continue to pick up the bulk of the carries.

Nov 6, 2022 11:03 PM EST

Being eyed for punt returns

General manager Brandon Beane stated that Hines, acquired by the Bills at the trade deadline earlier this week, is expected to work in the punt return game Sunday against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills official site reports.

Analysis: It would have been nice if Beane spelled out what Hines is going to do in the actual offense, but for now we have to assume he's a co-No. 2 with rookie James Cook, with each player offering something valuable but not enough to hog up the playing time. Hines has better pass-catching skills than Cook or starter Devin Singeltary, though neither of Hines' new teammates is a slouch in that area either. The Bills have made a few references to Hines needing to get up to speed with the playbook, so the most likely scenario in Week 9 seems to be him having a key special teams role with a sprinkle of plays in the offense. He's a risky fantasy start until we see how things go for the next couple of games.

Nov 4, 2022 10:54 PM EST

Moving on to Buffalo

The Colts agreed to trade Hines to the Bills on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Buffalo has been reliant on Devin Singletary out of the backfield this season, as he has 94 touches versus 53 combined for Zack Moss and rookie James Cook. With Hines on board, though, the offense now has a steady receiving threat at running back. For his career, Hines has reeled in 78 percent of his 300 targets at a clip of 7.3 yards per catch while also averaging 4.0 yards per carry and scoring 17 TDs in 72 games across five seasons.

Nov 1, 2022 1:04 PM EST

Totals 49 yards

Hines recorded five rushes for 20 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Commanders. He added two receptions for 29 yards.

Analysis: Hines saw a season-high five rushing attempts with Jonathan Taylor briefly sidelined by an ankle injury. He was also surprisingly given a goal-line carry early in the fourth quarter with Taylor serving as his lead blocker on the play. Hines' other highlight came on an over-the-shoulder catch for 22 yards one possession earlier. Hines will remain involved in the offense moving forward, but barring an ongoing injury to Taylor, he is unlikely to see more than 10 touches regularly moving forward.

Oct 30, 2022 9:59 PM EST

Involved as pass catcher

Hines tallied four rushes for two yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Titans. He added five receptions on five targets for 41 yards.

Analysis: Hines returned from a one-game absence and immediately stepped back into his typical role as a change of pace back. He continued to be a non-factor as a rusher, as he now has 13 attempts for 16 yards on the season. Hines was more impressive as a pass catcher, with his longest reception of the day going for 14 yards. Hines has at least four catches in four of his six games this season -- he exited on the first possession in Week 5 -- and should continue to hold a consistent role as a pass catcher out of the backfield moving forward.

Oct 23, 2022 8:35 PM EST

Set to play in Week 7

Hines doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: This development was expected after Hines cleared the concussion protocol. The concussion Hines sustained the injury in Week 5 but practiced fully in all three of the Colts' practices this week after sitting out Week 6. Fellow Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) has also been cleared to return Sunday against Tennessee.

Oct 21, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Clears concussion protocol

Hines has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, per coach Frank Reich, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hines has cleared the final hurdle standing between him and suiting up in Week 7 against the Titans after sitting out the Colts' previous game. Reich expressed optimism that both Hines and Jonathan Taylor (ankle) will return from their respective injuries Sunday, which would leave Hines in his usual change-of-pace role while potentially knocking Deon Jackson (quadriceps) out of the game plan on offense.

Oct 21, 2022 10:31 AM EST

Another full practice

Hines (concussion) was listed as a full practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: The same applies to Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Deon Jackson (quadriceps), suggesting that the Colts are trending toward having their top three backs available Sunday against the Titans. Friday's final injury report should confirm whether or not Hines has fully cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and if he has, he'll be in line to head into the weekend minus a Week 7 injury designation.

Oct 20, 2022 12:47 PM EST

Another full practice

Hines (concussion) practicedfully Wednesday.

Analysis: Hines was also listed as a full participant this past Friday before being ruled out for the Colts' game against the Jaguars on Sunday. Barring any setbacks, Hines is on track to suit up this weekend against the Titans, though how heavy a workload he might take on this weekend hinges in part on the status of Jonathan Taylor (ankle), who was limited at practice Wednesday. Meanwhile, Deon Jackson (quad) -- who led the Colts' Week 6 rushing attack in the absence of Taylor and Hines -- logged a full session.

Oct 19, 2022 1:36 PM EST

At practice Wednesday

Hines (concussion) was present for Wednesday's practice, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: As were Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Deon Jackson (quad), which suggests that the Colts -- who were minus both Taylor and Hines in Week 6 -- could possible have their top three backs available this Sunday against the Titans.

Oct 19, 2022 10:50 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Hines (concussion) was downgraded to out ahead of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hines was able to ditch the red jersey during Friday's practice, but the multi-faceted back ultimately was unable to clear the fifth and final stage of the league's concussion protocol. Jonathan Taylor (ankle) was also ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest meaning Deon Jackson is likely set to start with practice squad call ups Phillip Lindsay and D'Vonte Price possibly contributing as well.

Oct 15, 2022 9:48 AM EST

Deemed questionable for Week 6

Hines (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars after he was a full participant in practice Friday.

Analysis: As James Boyd of The Athletic, Hines ditched the red jersey he donned for the Colts' first two practices of Week 6 to take contact in Friday's session. Though Hines appears to have reached the fifth stage of the concussion protocol, head coach Frank Reich told Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis that the running back still has one more step to clear, which is presumably getting the green light to play from an independent neurologist. If Hines is cleared ahead of Sunday's game, he could get another crack at an expanded role out of the backfield. After missing the Week 5 win over the Broncos, top back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) managed only two limited practices this week and is also being listed as questionable for Sunday.

Oct 14, 2022 1:43 PM EST

Still limited at practice

Hines (concussion) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Per Zak Keefer of The Athletic, Hines continued to practice in a red (non-contact) jersey Thursday, suggesting that the running back has yet to fully clear the NFL's concussion protocols. Friday's injury report will reveal whether Hines and/or top back Jonathan Taylor (ankle/limited) approach Sunday's game against the Jaguars with injury designations or cleared for Week 6 action.

Oct 13, 2022 2:41 PM EST

Practices in non-contact jersey

Hines (concussion) practiced in a red (non-contact) jersey Wednesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Hines will need to clear league protocols in order to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars, with his Week 6 availablity of particular interest, given the uncertain status Jonathan Taylor (ankle), who was inactive in Week 5.

Oct 12, 2022 10:44 AM EST

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