On Monday, head coach Rex Ryan told the media that Hill was “iffy” with a right hamstring injury, casting doubt on if the Jets will have a player who could be a red zone threat against the tough San Francisco defense. Hill spent Wednesday’s practice on the stationary bike and then working with the training staff on agility and stretching exercises.
Since catching five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut against the Bills, Hill has yet to register a reception in the subsequent two games.
It has been a battle for Hill to get the hamstring healthy as the same injury sidelined him during OTAs. He isn’t terribly concerned about the long-term effects of the injury or even his head coach’s prognosis, noting that Ryan might be eyeing the season and not just the immediate impact of getting Hill on the field this weekend against the 49ers.
“Coaches sometimes try to save you to keep you healthy for during the season. But other than that, it’s just what all they feel,”
Hill said. “I’ve played on injuries before so it really wouldn’t be a problem [but] it is precaution.”
Yet he won’t boldly proclaim that he will be cleared or even ready to play on Sunday.
“If the game is tomorrow – I don’t [know],” Hill said with a laugh. “But definitely I’m going to keep working hard and making sure I get the muscles around those muscles, keep those strong so I can try to come back for Sunday.”
Kristian R. Dyer covers the Jets and can be followed for practice updates and news @KristianRDyer