CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 23: Running back Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns runs by defensive end Red Bryant #79 of the Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

NFL Week 7: Browns improve to 3-3 after beating Seahawks 6-3

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Peyton Hillis And Montario Hardesty May Split Cleveland Browns Carries Going Forward

Peyton Hillis is guaranteed to play in the Cleveland Browns upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers considering he missed the team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks due to injury. That isn't a terribly huge blow as far as head coach Pat Shurmur is concerned, however, considering a solid performance put in by back-up Montario Hardesty on Sunday.

Shurmur was asked about Hardesty's situation going forward after Sunday's win, specifically regarding Hillis's return. Not surprisingly, Shurmur had good things to say about his back-up.

 "Well he has no choice right now.  He played like a starting running back and he battled.  He wasn't perfect," Shurmur said during the post-game press conference.  I'm sure he's going to be sore tomorrow, but yes, I think for the time being he's earned the right to carry the football and we're going to welcome Peyton back when he's healthy and hopefully we can keep building on that."

That probably isn't an answer Hillis was hoping for considering he's still looking for a new contract, but Hardesty's play does warrant him at least being somewhat involved in the team's offense.


Browns and Seahawks tied 3-3 heading into fourth quarter

The Seahawks tied the game 3-3 in the third quarter on a 20-yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka. It capped off a drive that featured a 38-yard pass from Charlie Whitehurst to Sidney Rice. It was the longest play of the game, and the first over 11 yards.

Overall, the ugliness of the first half continued into the third quarter.

On Seattle’s scoring drive, the team failed to score a touchdown after having first-and-goal ins the five-yard line.

The Seahawks had a punt return touchdown by Leon Washington that was called back after a block in the back. The next play, Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was intercepted by Sheldon Brown.

The Browns had a promising drive to start the third quarter that was stopped by a Colt McCoy interception throw. The pass, intended for tight end Evan Moore, was picked off by Seahawks middle linebacker David Hawthorne at the 12-yard line.


Browns lose Massaquoi, Watson with head injuries

The Cleveland Browns will be without wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi after he suffered a head injury in the second quarter. Massaquoi had one reception for 15 yards in the first half.

The Browns are also without tight end Ben Watson, who suffered a head injury as well.


Cleveland Browns take 3-0 against Seattle Seahawks at half

Neither the Cleveland Browns or the Seattle Seahawks managed to move the ball much in the first half.

A 52-yard field goal by Browns kicker Phil Dawon was the lone scoring play of the game, putting the team up 3-0. A 48-yard attempt by Dawson early in the second quarter was blocked by defensive tackle Red Bryant.

Neither quarterback in this game has managed to move their team down the field. Colt McCoy is nine of 18 for 87 yards for the Browns. His counterpart Charlie Whitehurst is six of 14 for 47 yards for the Seahawks.

The Browns running game also failed to provide much yardage in the second quarter. After carrying the ball seven times for 31 yards in the first quarter, Montario Hardesty ran the ball eight more times for just 12 yards in the second. He has 43 yards rushing at the half.

Running back Chris Ogbonnaya, who was signed by the Browns this week, has gotten a majority of the team’s snaps on third down. He’s the team’s leading receiver with three catches for 40 yards.

John Greco replaced starter Shawn Lauvao at guard for the Browns. Lauvao is out with a knee injury and his return is questionable. The Seahawks lost cornerback Walter Thurmond late in the second quarter. His status for the rest of the game has not be disclosed.


Browns and Seahawks tied at 0-0 after first quarter

To simply call the first quarter of the Browns/Seahawks game ugly is a misnomer.

With six penalties, a bobbled punt, a fumbled snap and 84 totals yards between the two teams, this one could turn out to be a game for fans of defense.

The lone bright spot in the game has been the play of Browns second-year running back Montario Hardesty. He has seven carries for 31 yards. He even managed to hold onto a catch and took it for 11 yards. Going into the second quarter, the Browns are currently driving down the field.

The team started the game with three-and-out on their first two possessions. Amidst boos, McCoy is just two of six passing for 16 yards.


Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch out against Browns

According to Fox Sports, Seahawks starting running back Marshawn Lynch was a late scratch in today’s game after injuring his back in pre-game warmpus.

He is being replaced by Leon Washington and Justin Forsett.


Browns RB Peyton Hillis out against Seahawks

Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network is reporting that Cleveland Browns starting running back Peyton Hillis won’t play today against the Seattle Seahawks.

Hillis suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter last week against the Oakland Raiders.

The status of cornerback Joe Haden is still listed as questionable.


NFL Week 7: Browns Vs. Seahawks Sees Holmgren Facing His Old Team

With Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren facing his former team in the Seattle Seahawks this week there is bound to be some nostalgia. Holmgren took the Seahawks tot heir lone Super Bowl appearance after the 2005 season, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL in Detroit. Holmgren recently spoke with the media about his time with Seattle and his current time as President of the Browns. During the interview he also mentioned how close he came to coaching the Browns when Eric Mangini was let go:

“And then we talked about it a little bit, and I asked them what do you guys think about at that? And they encouraged me to at least think about it. So I went home, thought about and talked to Kathy about it. And the next day I came back and said, ‘Look, I’m not going to do this. But I appreciate you suggesting that I do it.’ Basically it allowed me to think about it one more time.”

Holmgren later reiterated that he is done with coaching and that the does not see himself serving in his post in Cleveland for the next ten seasons.

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