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Hill hoping to participate in mandatory minicamp

New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill catches

New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill catches a pass during training camp. (July 28, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

Stephen Hill was back on the practice field participating in individual drills on Wednesday. But the second-year wide receiver was forced to sit out the team portion of practice due to swelling and fluid in his surgically-repaired knee.

Hill -- who also was held out of the team’s May 22 OTA (which was open to the media) because of swelling -- downplayed the injury, saying: "Everything is good.” Hill also added that his absence in team drills is “definitely” a precautionary measure by the training staff following LCL surgery on his right knee in December.

“They said it’s normal that it’ll happen earlier,” he said of the swelling and fluid. “That’s the reason why I’m in the spot I’m in now – just to make sure that everything’s clear.”

Hill said he expects to be back on the practice field during next week’s mandatory minicamp, but he doesn’t yet know how many reps he'll be able to get.

“Just want to be 100 percent when it’s time to go to team reps,” said the receiver, who estimated he arrives at the facility around 5:30 a.m. each day and is one of the last players to leave the building.

After missing minicamp in 2012 because of a right hamstring injury, Hill said he’s anxious to rejoin his teammates on the field. “I missed last year,” he said. “Shoot, I need to practice.”

But until then, he’ll just have to focus on his mental reps. “It’s not hard,” he said said of being sidelined. “These guys are behind me 100 percent. They make sure that I’m actually uplifted and make sure that I’m staying in the playbook since it is a new offense.” 

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