Peyton Hillis Injury: Hamstring Will Sideline Browns RB In Week 9

Browns RB Peyton Hillis has been dinged up this season and that continued this week as he re-aggravated a hamstring injury.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Status: Browns RB Ruled Out For Week 9

Peyton Hillis will miss his third consecutive game for the Cleveland Browns, as the running back was officially downgraded to "out" on Cleveland's injury report due to his balky hamstring, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal. He aggravated the injury, originally sustained Oct. 16 against the Raiders, during Friday's practice. From the newspaper:

Hillis' status for Sunday isn't surprising considering what reporters witnessed Friday. He took a handoff, ran off right guard and started to limp. He immediately threw the ball and his helmet in frustration and later walked off the practice field with a trainer.

After leaving the field, Hillis underwent an MRI. The results have not been announced, so unclear if a decision about Hillis' availability beyond this week has been made. 

Montario Hardesty, Hillis' primary backup, is also sidelined, suffering a calf injury last week. This rash of injuries has paved the way for Chris Ogbonnaya's unexpected rise to prominence. Signed off Houston's practice squad two weeks ago, he'll start against his former teammates this week. A seventh-round pick by the Rams in 2009, Ogbonnaya played college ball at University of Texas with current Browns QB Colt McCoy

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Peyton Hillis Injury Update: Browns Running Back Aggravates Hamstring Injury In Friday Practice

In news that is not particularly surprising given the way the season has gone, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis aggravated his hamstring at practice Friday and is once again looking like a game-time decision at best. Hillis apparently threw the ball and his helmet in frustration after pulling up lame on a run.

Although Hillis could be fine by Sunday, one has to imagine the Browns will likely sit him once again given the hamstring aggravation. If Hillis is unable to go, Chris Ogbonnaya would get the start and Thomas Clayton would be his backup. They are facing a Houston Texans squad that is not particularly good in defending the run. If the Browns are going to stay in the game, they will need to control the time of possession as much as possible.

For now, we will wait for comments from head coach Pat Shurmur and of course the pre-game inactive list on Sunday.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Update: Browns RB Expects To Play Sunday

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis had his first pain-free practice session in quite some time Thursday, and fully expects to play on Sunday against the Houston Texans. Hillis has been battling a hamstring injury the last couple weeks, but has struggled the entire season with a mix of injuries, contract issues, and huge expectations following his breakout 2010 performance.

The Browns face a fairly bad Houston Texans rush defense and this could provide Hillis with an opportunity to get back on the fantasy radar. He was limited in practice on Thursday but proclaimed himself pain-free. Assuming no setbacks, Hillis will likely get the bulk of the carries on Sunday.

Given the Texans rush defense, Hillis is a worthwhile start if you did not already unload him in a sell low trade. It remains to be seen if Hillis will ever approach what he did last season, but for now he is worth sticking back in your lineup. If he struggles again this week, he could quickly become a matchup-only running back.

If he does struggle on Sunday, it will be interesting to see how many carries Chris Ogbonnaya gets against Houston. We'll be back with a final injury report update later in the day, so check back to see if there has been any change in Hillis' status for the weekend.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Update: Browns RB Returns To Practice Thursday

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis returned to practice on Thursday as he continues to battle back from a hamstring injury. The return was all the more important because he not only took part in individual drills, but also took snaps with the first team offense. Hillis had either not participated in practice over the last two weeks, or he had been limited to individual drills.

Barring any setbacks, Peyton Hillis would appear to be the likely start on Sunday in Houston against the Texans. It is not a fantastic matchup, but getting Hillis back out on the field would bode well for longer term fantasy prospects. Chris Ogbonnaya took a lot of snaps Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers when Montario Hardesty went down, but he would be Hillis' backup this Sunday against Houston.

We will have the full Thursday injury report when it comes out and from there we can keep an eye on Hillis' practice status heading into Friday. If he has any sort of regression, lineup considerations can be adjusted accordingly.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Update: Browns RB Still Not Practicing

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis did not practice yet again on Wednesday as the 2010 star continues to struggle to get anything going in 2011. His latest problem is a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since October 16. He has tried to get back and was a game-time decision this past week, but it simply has not happened.

The Browns running back situation is quite a mess right now due to a host of injuries. Hillis continues to struggle with his hamstring and backup Montario Hardesty is out with a tear of his calf muscle. That leaves former practice squad running back Chris Ogbonnaya as the potential starting running back this weekend against the New York Giants. The Browns also added free agent Thomas Clayton, who has bounced around various practice squads in his brief NFL career.

Right now, it would appear that Chris Ogbonnaya will likely get the starting snaps on Sunday. It is a tough matchup against a solid Giants rush defense. And if the Giants jump out to an early lead, I would not expect a whole lot of production from Ogbonnaya.

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Montario Hardesty Injury Update: Hamstring Places Brown RB On Sideline With Peyton Hillis

The Cleveland Browns struggled to get much of a running game going on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, and they were not helped by multiple injury issues at the running back position. Peyton Hillis was a scratch for the game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Expected starter Montario Hardesty left the game with a calf issue after only two rushing attempts. Hardesty will undergo an MRI on his calf on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.

After Hardesty went down, Chris Ogbonnaya took over and finished the game with 37 rushing yards on 11 attempts. The 49ers have been dominant against running backs this season and have not given up 100+ rushing yards or a rushing touchdown to a single running back all season. Furthermore, the team has not given up 100+ rushing yards to a running back since 2009. Not a good fantasy matchup week to week.

The Browns travel next week to face a Houston Texans squad that has been a bit inconsistent in defending the run. However, they also will likely have Andre Johnson back and if they run up a big lead, the Browns rushing attack may be negated. Of course, it remains to be seen who will actually be taking the handoffs next week. Peyton Hillis would be the favorite, but we'll know more as the week progresses.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Update: Limited But Takes Browns' First Team Reps On Wednesday

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis was limited in practice on Wednesday, but appears set to take the bulk of the carries this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Montario Hardesty will get some carries as Hillis' backup, but Hillis would be the fantasy start between the two of them.

Hillis has struggled for much of this year due primarily to injury issues, but also to some extent, his contract has been a bit of an issue. In four appearances this season, Hillis's one big game came at the Indianapolis Colts when he rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Outside of that game, he has combined for 117 yards and no touchdowns in three games.

This week does not bring calm to this situation as he faces a 49ers defense that is second in the league against the rush and hasn't given up a 100-yard rushing game since 2009. If you are trying to talk yourself into starting Hillis due to bye week, injury or general lack of depth concerns, there is always the possibility he could break out against them. Add in the fact that the 49ers have not given up a rushing touchdown this season and the situation is less than ideal.

If you picked up Montario Hardesty in recent weeks, do not waive him quite yet. He will shuffle back to being Peyton Hillis' backup, but given how Hillis' season has gone to date, I suspect Hardesty could find himself back in the starting lineup before too long. It may be injury, it may be ineffectiveness, but I think it happens at some point.

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Peyton Hillis Injury: Looking Like Browns RB Might Not Play

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis missed a third straight day of practice on Friday and is looking questionable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Hillis has been dealing with hamstring issues and has not been able to get going thus far. Browns coach Pat Shurmur has not ruled him out for Sunday, but at best he is a game-time decision. More than likely though he either will not play or will be incredibly limited.

Hillis has had a rocky season thus far as he has tried to work out a contract extension with the Cleveland Browns. The Madden curse might be striking the Browns running back as he has had issues with injuries and also with his own teammates when it comes to his commitment to the team over his personal contract issues. Add in hamstring woes and this is a messy season for Peyton Hillis.

Montario Hardesty will likely be starting on Sunday and getting the bulk of the carries. Chris Ogbonnaya will operate as Hardesty's backup. For fantasy purposes, Hardesty is the safe play of the two, although the Seahawks have a solid rush defense and make for a poor matchup anyway.

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Peyton Hillis Injury: Browns RB Remains Questionable

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis' status for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks is uncertain, head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday.

"I can't tell you the status of all four of these guys for the game Sunday," Shurmur said, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, in reference to injured Browns Hillis, Scott Fujita, Joe Haden and Ray Ventrone.

Hillis injured his left hamstring during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Hillis underwent an MRI on Monday, which showed the strained muscle. Shurmur added that Hillis will do some light running today and could return to practice later in the week.

If Hillis is not able to play, 2010 second-round pick Montario Hardesty would get the start against the Seahawks, who have the NFL's 7th-ranked run defense and are allowing the fewest yards per rushing play this season. After missing his rookie season with an ankle injury, Hardesty has 40 carries for 143 yards in five games this season. The Browns beefed up their depth at the running back position by signing Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad.

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Peyton Hillis Injury: MRI Coming For Browns RB

Peyton Hillis is having a rough season. He missed a game for the Cleveland Browns this year with strep throat and rumors were flying that he missed it due to his contract situation. His camp has denied that but the trouble hasn't stopped for Hillis.

He suffered a hamstring injury early in the Browns loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and will get an MRI on Monday to determine what's wrong.

He suffered the injury in the first quarter but stayed in to carry the ball four more times before coming out. He later returned to the game but will get an MRI to determine the severity of his hamstring injury.

This clearly isn't the season that Hillis envisioned as he's been dinged up a couple times amid contract-related controversies.

Hopefully, for the Browns (and your fantasy football team), the injury isn't serious and he can get back to producing for the Browns.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Update: Browns RB Reportedly Suffers Hamstring Injury

The Peyton Hillis saga in Cleveland has taken another odd twist. On Sunday, Hillis left the Browns game against Oakland with a hamstring injury and will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday. What is so bizarre about it is the fact that Hillis actually returned to the game briefly in the fourth quarter. There was some speculation that it was a coaches' decision to remove Hillis, but given contract situation, who really knows what is going on there.

Montario Hardesty came on in place of Hillis and would be the feature back if Hillis has to miss any time with this injury. Hardesty ended the game with 11 carries for 35 yards and two catches for 18 yards. The Browns offense is in a bit of a rut, but he is going to get some carries if Hillis misses some time. We'll have an update once Hillis gets his MRI since that will impact potential waiver wire pickups. Of course, given the Hillis situation in Cleveland, even if the MRI comes back fine, Hardesty is probably a wise pick-up if you have Hillis.

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Peyton Hillis Injury: Browns Running Back Out With Hamstring Issue

The Cleveland Browns are not having a particularly good day on the road against the Oakland Raiders. Darren McFadden is having a terrific game so far, and despite the fact that the Raiders have to deal with an injury to Jason Campbell, they're still easily beating the Browns 24-7 through three quarters. To add injury to insult, Browns starting running back and possible star of your fantasy team Peyton Hillis has come out with an injury.

According to John Clayton of ESPN, Hillis has a hamstring injury. The Browns have not yet specifically commented on the severity of the injury. Hillis was having a seriously rough day before he was removed, rushing six times for just 14 yards without contributing in the receiving game at all. He's been replaced primarily by Monterio Hardesty.

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