Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty Already Declared Out For Next Week As Well

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Peyton Hillis Status: Injury Report Says Questionable, But Could Miss Two Weeks

The Peyton Hillis injury saga has been something to watch nearly every week for the Cleveland Browns and, after the team released it's final injury report of the week, it seems that won't be getting any better. The running back is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, but reports are the injury might be much worse.

Hillis is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks after re-injuring his hamstring Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. His MRI apparently showed "significant aggravation," causing the downgrade in his status among those close to the team. 

Fellow running back Montario Hardesty was also listed as out on the team's final injury report of the week, leaving Chris Ogbonnaya and Thomas Clayton as the team's only healthy backs. Ogbonnaya is expected to start on Sunday if Hillis is out as reported.

Defensive back Dmitri Patterson and defensive lineman Auston English are the only other players ruled out for this weekend. Along with Hillis, Tony Pashos, Ray Ventrone and Kaluka Maiava are all listed as questionable after being limited in the final practice of the week.

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Peyton Hillis' Attitude Hurting Cleveland Browns Locker Room, According To Report

Peyton Hillis and the Cleveland Browns have enough problems with their team the way it is without getting into off the field issues. Unfortunately it seems that's exactly what is happening as Hillis's interest in getting a new contract has spilled into issues with his fellow teammates.

Hillis has seemed distracted while battling injury issues as of late and, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, his teammates have decided to take matters into their own hands.

By Wednesday, a group of about eight Browns veterans had summoned Hillis into a meeting room for an intervention-style, air-clearing session designed to restore his focus.

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"I've never seen anything like it," says one Browns veteran. "Last year, Peyton was such a positive, inspirational force on our team - but now he's like a different guy. It's like he's in a funk that he can't get out of, and it's killing us, because we really need him. And we've told him that. But we're at the point where we just don't know what to do."

In a surprising turn of events, a couple of the Browns' top players even went on record with their issues to Yahoo! for their report.

"A few guys tried to talk to him, to make him understand the best way to go about things is to put your head down and do the best you possibly can," said All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas, the team's best and highest-paid player. "Because if the Browns aren't going to pay you, some team will break the bank - and either way you need to play hard."

Added linebacker Scott Fujita: "The fact that everyone has to get asked about [Hillis' situation] by the local beat writers every day, it's started to create a distraction, and it's a shame that it has to be that way. I'm never gonna be in a position to question a player's toughness. I just want him to be healthy and in the right frame of mind to help the team. More than anything else, that's what our conversation with him was about."

There's really no telling how this ends, but considering Hillis will be out a few weeks after re-injuring his hamstring in practice this week, the questions about the team's star running back probably won't slow down.

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Peyton Hillis Injury Makes Him Questionable For Sunday; Mohamed Massaquoi Is Out

The Cleveland Browns held their final practice of the week on Friday as the get set to face the San Francisco 49ers this weekend. The final injury report came out shortly thereafter, revealing some disappointing news for Peyton Hillis and Mohamed Massaquoi.

Hillis practiced on Wednesday with his hamstring injury before shutting it down on Thursday with hopes that it get better with a day of rest. It apparently did not, however, as the running back missed all of Friday’s practice and has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Massaquoi’s news is a bit worse, however, as the wide receiver has been ruled out for the match-up with the 49ers. Concussions are nothing to mess around with so it’s good that he’s waiting until he’s 100 percent to return. The only other player definitively ruled out is defensive lineman Auston English, who first showed up on the injury report Friday with a knee injury.

The list of players joining Hillis in the questionable column is troubling. A "questionable" status means the chances are 50-50 to play and key players Joe Haden, Benjamin Watson and Tony Pashos all fall under that column. Ray Ventrone, Kaluka Maiava and Shaun Lauvao are also questionable.

As far as good news is concerned, kicker Phil Dawson practiced in full on Friday and is probable this weekend along with linebacker Scott Fujita. Artis Hicks and Buster Skrine fall in the same boat.

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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.

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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.

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Browns' Running Back Peyton Hillis Has MRI Scheduled

The Cleveland Browns suffered a listless 24-17 loss tot he Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but they may have suffered an even bigger loss on Monday morning. Running back Peyton Hillis suffered an apparent injury on Sunday and now has an MRI scheduled according to SBNation’s Dawgs By Nature:

"Coaches decision" technically covers injury situations, but I would say that in general, "coaches decision" in sports refers to a non-injury related decision. Shortly after that, Cabot and the rest of the media announced that it was due to a hamstring injury. Hillis did re-enter the game in the fourth quarter, but he explained why everything happened the way it did on Sunday:

(On when the injury happened): "It was my second run when I went outside and one of the defensive backs pushed me out of bounds and I overextended," he said. "I tried to play there a couple of series afterward the best I could."

(Shurmur did not go against his word): "That's nobody's fault," said Hillis, referring to Shurmur not being able to give Hillis the bulk of the carries due to his injury. "You pull a hamstring, you try to go out there and do your best. It's nobody's fault. It's just unfortunate, disappointing."

(On why he went in to block late in the game): "I felt it was a critical part in the game," said Hillis. "I didn't want to leave Montario hanging out there, so I felt if I could go in there and do a little pass protection, do what I could do to help the team win...it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do," he said. "But I wanted to help the team win. I was anxious to get out there and help. It was a critical point, we were just two possessions down and if we got that touchdown -- you saw how things worked out with the onside kick and stuff, we knew it was within reach."

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Peyton Hillis sits out third quarter, Raiders surge ahead 24-7 heading into fourth

The third quarter was an embarrassing one for the Cleveland Browns. The Raiders used a 35-yard fake field goal from Shane Lechler to Kevin Boss to take a commanding 24-7 lead after the three quarters in Oakland.

The Browns were without running back Peyton Hillis the entire quarter. Word came through late in the third quarter that Hillis had tweaked his hamstring and his return is questionable.

Hillis’ replacement, Montario Hardesty, has largely been ineffective all game. He dropped another pass in the third quarter. It was Hardesty’s sixth pass drop in two games.

The troubles with the passing game don’t simply lie with Hardesty. Quarterback Colt McCoy has thrown several errant passes on the game. For the day, he’s just nine of 24 for 103 yards.

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