Hill Promoted to Packers Active Roster

Published 09/30 2013 07:08PM

Updated 09/30 2013 08:13PM

(GREEN BAY, Wis.) Michael Hill has been plugging away in his first NFL season just waiting for his opportunity. Now, the St. Joseph native's chance has come.

The Packers promoted Hill from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Monday in light of injuries throughout their tailback platoon.

"It's a physical league. I learned that in preseason," he said. "These guys can hit. The collisions out there, backs go down all the time."

"It's just if they're willing to take a chance on me. I feel like something good's going to happen for me."

Green Bay has lost starting RB Eddie Lacy to a concussion, though he was cleared to play this afternoon, and backups James Starks (knee) and Johathan Franklin (knee).

He spent the entire preseason with the Chargers, rushing 21 times for 62 yards and was then waived by the team before the start of the regular season.

He was on the market one day before being picked up by the Packers, and says the experience with his first team has helped him pick up another new playbook much quicker.

"When I was in San Diego, it took about four months, and I finally started getting the hang of it, started getting comfortable. When I got (to Green Bay), I'm only three weeks in, and I'm starting to get it way faster."

The Packers had a bye this weekend, or the Central High School grad likely would  have gotten snaps in the backfield. Instead, he spent the weekend back at  Missouri Western, where he used to share the field with DE David Bass and K Greg  Zuerlein, the two other Griffons on NFL rosters.

Coming from that  Division 2 background, Hill knows he can makes some headroom on special teams if asked.

"A player of my caliber, coming from Division 2, and not being  established that far yet, special teams are huge. A lot of rookies are on  special teams, that's how you work your way up. Terrell Davis did that. He just  went down and made a tackle on a kickoff and, the next thing you know, he's  starting. I like improving in that and hearing that good feedback.

The Packers host Detroit on Saturday.

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