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Work still plentiful for Hillis in Browns' new offense

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By Mike Wilkening

Overall, Browns RB Peyton Hillis has been busy this season, averaging 23 touches in three games. He averaged 20.7 touches in 2010. However, in the Browns' Week Four loss to Tennessee, Cleveland employed a pass-heavy approach trailing for much of the game, and Hillis had 10 carries, his second fewest in 19 career starts with Cleveland. What's more, backup Montario Hardesty had 12 touches, just three fewer than Hillis, who also had five receptions. Nevertheless, expect Hillis to get more work in the weeks to come, head coach Pat Shurmur indicated. "I think Peyton will get and should get more snaps and more carries," Shurmur said the day after the loss to Tennessee. Hardesty's presence and the Browns' willingness to throw more this season are factors that could affect Hillis' workload, but given that Hillis catches the ball well and starts, Hillis figures to be a key part of the offense nonetheless. Hills is involved in a contract dispute with the club, though his contract situation is a "non-issue" with regards to his playing time, Shurmur said.

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