Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas and Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis have traded barbs through the media, but Browns head coach Pat Shurmur declined to get involved during his press conference. Thomas called Peyton Hillis a "toxic" influence on the Browns for last season, and then Hillis shot back by referring to Thomas as a "crazy ex-girlfriend" for pointing the finger at him after-the-fact.
With the Browns and Chiefs set to meet in Week 14, Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur wisely dodged the issue in his recent press conference, via Ohio.com:
(On if he is OK with a team captain speaking out about the past regarding Peyton Hillis)- "I would say this, I want to comment specifically on how things this year relate to this year's game. I'd prefer my players say nothing, but I realize that that's not the case. If you've got any questions or you guys want me to comment on anything as things relate to this year, I'd be happy to."
Hillis only rushed for 587 yards and one touchdown on 161 carries for the Browns last season, and as the backup to Jamaal Charles he has rushed for 193 yards and one touchdown on 59 carries in nine games with the Chiefs.
Kansas City snapped an eight-game losing streak by defeating the Chiefs in Week 13, while the Browns are riding a two-game winning streak.