The New York Jets will get a much needed boost this week as Stephen Hill has been cleared to play against the Falcons on Monday night.
Hill suffered a mild concussion in the first quarter in last week's loss to the Tennessee Titans that caused him to miss the remainder of the game. Hill sat out all week but was able to suit up with a non-contact jersey on Friday and practiced fully on Saturday.
“Right after the hit, I had a couple of headaches,” answered Hill on what he remembers. “I’m going through NFL protocol and making sure I’m doing the right things to get back on the field.”
“I’m feeling good, just ready to play,” he reaffirmed.
The Jets welcome the good news about Hill as they are already without their star wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, who is sitting out due to a hamstring injury suffered late in the fourth quarter last week. Furthermore, Kellen Winslow is listed as questionable this week after sitting out three practices this week with chronic knee pain.
If Hill is near 100 percent, he provides a useful weapon for Geno Smith. With Holmes out, Hill becomes the main receiver opposite Jeremy Kerley. The second year veteran has 13 receptions this season for 233 yards and one touchdown. His best game this year came two weeks ago against Buffalo, where Hill recorded his only 100 yard reception game this year. The Falcons have struggled defending the pass this season and have a 0-2 record against the AFC East this year. Gang Green looks to add to Atlanta's loss column.