Three weeks after designating him to return and opening his practice window, the Green Bay Packers activated running back Kylin Hill from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to the 53-man roster on Wednesday.
Hill, who tore his ACL while returning a kickoff during Week 8 of last season, missed all of training camp and the first eight games of the 2022 season while on the PUP list. The second-year running back was designated for return and participated at practice on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Three weeks of practice essentially served as Hill’s training camp.
The move was not only a necessity based on the 21-day window but also foreshadowed by the Packers releasing Patrick Taylor from the 53-man roster on Tuesday.
Finally back, Hill will slot in as the No. 3 running back behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon and give the Packers another kick return option.
The Packers took Hill with the 256th overall pick in the 2021 draft. As a rookie, Hill rushed 10 times for 24 yards, caught one pass for five yards and returned 10 kickoffs for 199 yards (19.9 average, 41 long) over eight games.
Hill showed during the 2021 preseason that he can be dynamic with the ball in his hands. Will the Packers find ways of getting him on the field in unique ways? The offense could certainly use the spark.
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