Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Broncos after a hit in the first quarter.

Nyheim Hines : Injury | 40 time | Rushing yards

Hines attended Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina.

Nyheim Hines : Injury | 40 time | Rushing yards

During his high school football career, he had 6,242 rushing yards, 7,299 total yards, and 126 touchdowns while playing for the Trojans.

He scored seven touchdowns in a single game twice, which is among his 15 school records. He committed to North Carolina State University to play college football.

Hines played at NC State from 2015 to 2017 under head coach Dave Doeren. As a junior in 2017, he rushed for 1,112 yards on 197 carries with 12 touchdowns.

Nyheim Hines Injury 

The Indianapolis Colts were already without starting running back Jonathan Taylor coming into Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos because of an ankle injury, and they lost backup Nyheim Hines to a concussion in the first quarter.

Hines took a hard hit on the game’s opening possession and had to be helped off the field after struggling to stand up.

Hines has been a valuable pass-catching running back for the Colts since they selected him with a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He tallied 276 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 40 catches for 310 yards and one score in the aerial attack while appearing in all 17 games last season.

The North Carolina State product had his best season in the NFL in 2020 when he ran for 380 yards and three touchdowns and caught 63 passes for 482 yards and four touchdowns.

Indianapolis figured to rely on him for much of Thursday’s game against the Broncos with Taylor, who is one of the league’s best running backs, sidelined. The offense has struggled at times during a 1-2-1 start, and Hines was someone who could have offered different looks for a Denver defense that would have to account for his catching and running.

However, the Colts had to quickly adjust following the injury.

Deon Jackson took over the primary running back role after Hines was sidelined. This is Jackson’s second year in the league, and he had just 13 carries last season.

Nyheim Hines 40 time

Hines ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine, fastest among running backs and faster than all but two wide receivers.

Nyheim Hines : Injury | 40 time | Rushing yards

Nyheim Hines was the fastest running back at this year’s NFL combine and may be the most explosive playmaker in this draft class. But growing up, he couldn’t beat his own twin sister, Nyah, in a footrace. 

“She was faster than me until I was about 11,” Hines admits. “So I would win track meets for boys, then lose to my sister.”

Nyah even beat her twin brother in a 100-meter dash while running barefoot (he was in track spikes) when they were about nine years old. “We started running, and at about 30 or 40 meters of the 100, she looked at me and waved and just pulled away,” Hines recalls.

“I took that L on the chin. She still brags about it.”

His sister has gone on to become a star sprinter and hurdler for NC State, but Nyheim did eventually grow faster than her. And just about everyone else. Hines ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine, fastest among running backs and faster than all but two wide receivers.

He was slightly disappointed by the time. “In high school I ran a 4.32, so I wasn’t too happy with 4.38,” Hines says. “But No. 1 is No. 1.”

Rushing yards 

Hines averages 2.8 rushing yards per game average in 2022, 33.7 fewer than Thursday’s over/under. In four games this year, Hines has been short of this week’s rushing yard prop bet total (36.5 yards) every time.

Nyheim Hines : Injury | 40 time | Rushing yards

Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2022
Rushing yards: 1,173        
Rushing average: 4.1
            Rushing touchdowns:               9
Receptions: 220
Receiving yards: 1,624
Receiving touchdowns: 7
Return yards: 1,048
Return touchdowns: 2

Hines has fallen short of his season-long rushing yards prop average (14.0) by 11.2 yards per game.

So far this season, Hines has yet to hit the over on a rushing yard prop bet in four opportunities.

On September 10, 2021, Hines signed a three-year, $18.6 million contract extension with the Colts.

By Rishabh

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