Peyton Hillis Feeling Better, Could Practice On Wednesday

A brief look at the Browns' opponent for Game 3

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On The Mend: Peyton Hillis Close To Resuming Action

According to this report via NFL.com, Browns' running back Peyton Hillis is feeling better, has returned to team meetings and might be ready to practice on Wednesday as Cleveland gets ready to face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Hillis missed the Miami game with strep throat, and his absence was sorely missed against the Dolphins, although all was well in the end when the Browns pulled out a 17-16 victory.

Hillis had stayed with the team at their hotel on Saturday, but his symptoms worsened and he was sent back home a couple of hours before game time.

Let's hope that Peyton really is good to go come Sunday. Colt McCoy fared well in the last drive vs. the Dolphins, but it is clear that he missed the presence of Hillis in the backfield (although Montario Hardesty did a good job "in relief" as it were, rushing for 67 yards on 14 carries).

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FINAL: Browns Move To 2-1 With Thrilling Finish To 17-16 Win Over Miami

The Browns looked as if they were about finished this afternoon, trailing the Miami Dolphins 16-10 and 80 yards from the endzone with three minutes to go, but Colt McCoy completed nine passes on a final drive that took up all but 43 seconds, hitting Mohamed Massaquoi from 14 yards out for the go-ahed score (after the extra point), and Cleveland held on when Mike Adams intercepted Chad Henne on fourth down with 13 seconds left to win 17-16.

With the victory the Browns moved to 2-1 on the season for their best start since 2002 -- the last season that Cleveland made the playoffs in the NFL.

Cleveland went into this game behind the 8-ball when Peyton Hillis was unable to go with strep throat, and a combination of a faltering Browns’ passing game and less than 100 yards on the ground had Miami in a position to win before the late McCoy heroics.

Miami led 7-0, 10-7, and 16-10, but fell to 0-3 on the season.

The Dolphins scored first when Henne hit Daniel Thomas for a 10-yard score with 8:09 left in the first quarter, but Cleveland answered with 7:16 left in the half on a McCoy to Joshua Cribbs 33-yarder to make it 10-7.

Miami converted on a 23-yard Dan Carpenter field goal just before halftime to head to the locker room with a 10-7 lead.

The Browns tied it again, this time at 10-10, on a 30-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with 10:37 left in the third quarter, but Carpenter hit from 41 yards with 2:29 left in the quarter and again from 38 yards with 3:23 left in the contest to extend the Miami lead to 16-10.

The ensuing kickoff and touchback set the Browns up on their own 20.

McCoy hit Massaquoi for 12 yards, then converted a pair of short passes to Greg Little for another first down. Montario Hardesty had a reception for a yard, then Little gained 10 more for another first down, and the Browns had the ball at the Miami 43.

Things got dicey then when a 6-yard catch by Ben Watson was sandwiched between two incompletions, and the Browns faced 4th-and-4 at the Miami 37.

But McCoy came through, hitting Massaquoi for 10 yards and keeping the drive — and the game — alive.

Two incompletions followed before Miami was penalized five yards for offsides, making it 3rd-and-5 on the 22.

McCoy hit Evan Moore for eight yards to the 14, and then on the next play struck paydirt with the 14-yarder. Dawson’s PAT made it 17-16.

But the Browns were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration after Massaquoi's TD, so Cleveland was forced to kick off from their 20, and the ensuing kick was returned 27 yards, and a 15-yard penalty was tacked on for a horse-collar tackle, and Miami was in business on the Cleveland 47.

But Henne threw three straight incompletions before being picked off by Adams, and all was well that ended well for the Browns’ faithful.

McCoy finished 19-of-39 for 210 yards, but accounted for 75 of those yards on the last drive. Colt ended with two TDs and one interception. Henne, meanwhile, finished 19-of-29 for 255 yards, a TD and that costly last-minute pick.

Hardesty did well in Hillis’s absence, picking up 67 yards on 14 carries, while Thomas tallied 95 yards on 23 carries for Miami.

Seven different receivers got in on the action this afternoon, with Watson leading with five catches for 64 yards.

Miami dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for 37:51, and won the first down battle 21-19 and in total yardage 369-280.

But the only numbers that mattered, when all was said and done, were a 17 and a 16.

The Browns will now entertain the Tennessee Titans next Sunday at 1:00, while the Dolphins head to San Diego.

Go Browns!

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UPDATE: Browns Trail Dolphins 10-7 At The Half

The Miami Dolphins lead the Browns 10-7 at halftime at Cleveland Browns Stadium as Cleveland tries to overcome the absence of running back Peyton Hillis due to strep throat.

Miami took the lead in the first quarter when Chad Henne hit Daniel Thomas with a 10-yard TD pass with 8:09 left, but the Browns tied the score at 7-7 on a Colt McCoy to Joshua Cribbs 33-yard strike midway through the second period.

The Dolphins regained the lead at 10-7 with less than a minute left in the half on a 23-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter.

Miami has it all over the Browns in the statistical battle so far, with 12 first downs to only 5 for the Browns, and the Dolphins have 234 total yards to 99 for Cleveland.

Henne is 15-of-19 for 191 yards, while McCoy is 5-of-14 for 73 yards and an interception.

Thomas is the leading rusher with 50 yards in 12 carries, while for the Browns Montario Hardesty has 25 yards on six carries.

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Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis Out for Sunday's Game Against Miami Dolphins

Adam Schefter just reported on Sunday NFL Countdown that the Cleveland Browns will be without running back Peyton Hillis due to Hillis having strep throat.

Hillis has been battling the illness for a couple of days now, and he made it to the stadium to try and play it out, but speaking from experience, there is very little anyone—even someone as fit as Hillis—can do with a case of strep throat.

Expect Montario Hardesty to see a significant increase in playing time.

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Cleveland Browns Game 3: A Look At The Betting Line On Sunday's Contest

According to FOX Sports, the Browns are favored by between 1.5 and 3 points in their clash on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

This will be the third consecutive week that the Browns have been favored. Hard to remember when the last time was that that happened, or even if it has since Cleveland re-entered the NFL in 1999.

5Dimes.com and SBGGlobal.com both have Cleveland the favorite by a point and a half, while bodog.eu has the Browns three points better than the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, SB Nation's odds partners at oddsshark.com also have the Browns favored by the same margin of anywhere from 1.5 to 3 points.

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