KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Between leading the Kansas City Chiefs in receiving, making a pair of touchdown catches and doing backflips after one of them, Tyreek Hill made a spectacular return to game action Sunday.
But Hill's presence still couldn't prevent a 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans, the Chiefs second straight defeat.
"It felt amazing,'' said Hill, who had missed the previous five games because of a sternum and right collarbone injury. "I'm thankful to be back on the field.''
The loss was hardly the fault of Hill, who caught five passes for 80 yards and had the two scores. One was of the spectacular variety that has become a Hill specialty. The 5-10 player showed his usual ability to track the deep ball by going up over two bigger defenders to make the catch near the goal line and make his way into the end zone to complete a 46-yard touchdown from Patrick Mahomes on the Chiefs' first possession of the game.
"That was Pat just trusting me,'' Hill said. "That was just me making a play for my quarterback. I'm going to do whatever it takes to make him look the best. That's my doll, my boy. If he throws it up, I tell each and every one of the receivers, that's our ball. It doesn't matter if there's five people around us or four or one, we're going to get the ball.''
The Texans were offside on the play, and Mahomes took notice. He threw it deep for Hill despite the two defenders and wasn't surprised his receiver came down with the ball.
"That dude can jump out of the gym,'' Mahomes said. "If you've ever seen him dunking, he can jump up there and he can make plays.
"It was good to have him back. He played well today. He'll keep getting more and more back in the offense as we keep getting him back.''
Hill later caught a 6-yard touchdown pass and then did backflips as part of his celebration.
That play gave Hill his fifth multi-touchdown receiving game since the start of the 2018 season. Entering Sunday, no other player had more than three such games in that period.
Hill played less than a full complement of snaps, a nod in part to his extended absence. The Chiefs also have a Thursday night game against the Broncos in Denver.
But Hill didn't appear limited when he was in the game.
"Not really,'' he said. "I played. Limited, full, I don't care. As long as I'm out there with my brothers, it [doesn't] matter.''