The second-year player said he had been struggling with the issue all season but hadn't anticipated this.
"I didn't think it was going to end this way," Hill said. "I thought I was going to ride it out until the end of the season, but Coach noticed that things wasn't right and he didn't want to mess me up for future things. He just told me that we're going to take this move and move on. He really wants me to play, but it's just one of those deals where I'm not getting better when I keep pounding on it."
General manager John Idzik told Hill to make sure he keeps going to meetings and comes back strong, saying, according to Hill, "We have a plan for you."
Asked more about the nature of the injury, Hill and coach Rex Ryan explained the problem was a symptom of swelling. It's the same problem Hill experienced last season.
Ryan was asked if the team has identified why this is a persistent issue for Hill.
"I wish I knew," Ryan said. "Obviously, we would have done those things. A lot of time, time helps, you get away from doing things, and we'll just see. I'm not sure; I don't know what the extent is. I know the young man is really frustrated because it was one knee and then the other knee. He just wasn't right for the last couple weeks. He got through it, he could go out and participate, but he just wasn't the same guy. I mean, this wasn't the guy that we drafted that ran the 4.2 time in the 40."
Hill, drafted in 2012, said he thought the chance to rest his knee now would prevent the need for surgery, although Ryan didn't rule out that possibility. Hill had surgery last December after suffering an LCL sprain against Jacksonville.
"It's actually getting better now that I'm not doing a lot of impact on it," Hill said. "But they're doing a great job putting together a plan for this year and for the next upcoming season."