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Running back Jeremy Hill’s knee injury a concern for Patriots

Patriots running back Jeremy Hill (33) left in the third quarter with a knee injury.
Patriots running back Jeremy Hill (33) left in the third quarter with a knee injury.(Jim Davis/Globe staff)

Patriots running back Jeremy Hill left Sunday’s season opener against the Houston Texans with a knee injury in the third quarter.

The 25-year-old collided with fullback James Develin as both players tried to tackle Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu, who had corralled a Rob Gronkowski fumble. Develin dived to tackle Mathieu, but hit Hill in the knee.

Although Hill made his way to the locker room under his own power, the team immediately ruled him out for the remainder of the game. The injury left Rex Burkhead and James White as the lone running backs on the depth chart. Sony Michel, the 26th pick in this year’s draft, was inactive with a knee injury.

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Hill, who signed a one-year deal in March, spent the preseason in a battle with Mike Gillislee. Gillislee landed in New Orleans after he was cut by the Patriots.

If Hill’s injury is serious, the Patriots could promote rookie Ralph Webb — who flashed for three touchdowns in the preseason — from the practice squad.