The Patriots have released a statement regarding Marquise Hill. Everyone who works for the Patriots organization is holding out hope for the best and our thoughts are with Marquise and his family. Here is the official release put out by the team:
The New England Patriots are deeply concerned to learn about the missing status of New Orleans native Marquise Hill, who was reportedly last seen after suffering an accident while jet skiing on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the search and rescue mission and will provide any updates on his status.
"We are all shocked," said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft after learning of the reports of Marquise's accident. "We can only hope and pray that the search and rescue is successful. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marquise and his family. We know that Marquise is a strong young man and will remain optimistic while continuing to pray for his rescue."
Hill, 24, was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State. The 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound defensive end was a member of the Patriots' Super Bowl XXXIX championship team as a rookie and has appeared in 13 games in his first three seasons with the Patriots.