Hillis out for Sunday; may be last year in Cleveland

Posted Nov. 05, 2011 @ 12:45 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Nov. 5, 2011 @ 12:45 p.m. ET
Originally posted Nov. 4, 2011 @ 1:16 p.m. ET

Browns RB Peyton Hillis reinjured his hamstring injury during practice Friday, and on Saturday the team downgraded his status to "out" for Sunday's game at Houston.

Also on Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Browns are prepared to let Hillis leave at the end of the season unless he dramatically turns around his season.

"It's one thing after another, and what's been out there isn't even the half of it," one source told the newspaper. Hillis reportedly left practice last Tuesday to get married in Arkansas rather than getting treatment on his injured hamstring, angering some teammates.

At practice Friday, Hillis reportedly took a carry up the middle, then grabbed for his hamstring. He threw his helmet and the football on the ground in disgust. Then, he limped off the field toward the trainers.

Later in the afternoon on Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported that Hillis is expected to miss "at least a couple of weeks" and that an MRI showed "significant aggravation" to HIllis' hamstring. He was listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

Hillis already has missed the Browns' previous two games with a hamstring injury, and this puts Week Nine in doubt.

With Montario Hardesty out with a calf injury, Chris Ogbonnaya would see the majority of the carries.

The way we see it

A rough season continues to get worse for Hillis. He has played in only four games this season because of a variety of injuries and looks like he could continue to miss time. The "Madden" curse seems to be in full effect this season. His Cleveland tenure appears to be nearing an end.

The Browns' RB corps is already depleted with the Hardesty injury. Ogbonnaya looked OK against the tough San Francisco defense in Week Nine and will be the next man up in Cleveland. Street free agent Thomas Clayton was signed earlier in the week to add some depth to the position.