Hillis out for the week

Posted Nov 7, 2011

Browns running back Peyton Hillis will not play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams due to his hamstring injury.

For the fourth straight week, the Browns will be without running back Peyton Hillis when they step onto a field for a Sunday afternoon game.

Hillis has missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the 24-17 loss at the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 16. Hillis tried to practice last Friday, but appeared to re-aggravate his hamstring and was downgraded to out for Sunday’s 30-12 loss to the Houston Texans prior to the team’s flight to Texas.

Hillis will be working with head athletic trainer Joe Sheehan throughout the week.

“He’s going to spend his time rehabbing his hamstring,” said Browns coach Pat Shurmur. “That I can tell you from now until Sunday. He’s here; he’s around. Will he be at practice? I don’t know. He could be in the building; he could be with Joe. We’re going to go through that process and try to bring him back as quickly as possible. He wants to be out there; he wants to be playing.”

Hillis has rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries and gained 76 yards on 15 receptions this season. Last year, Hillis gained 1,177 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground and added 477 yards and two touchdowns on 61 receptions.

“We want him to get healthy and we talked about him like the players that were injured yesterday,” Shurmur said. “Our conversation about Peyton is, where do we proceed to get him back as quickly as possible? Our players in this locker room will treat this like anybody that can’t play. When he’s healthy to come back, he’ll be embraced back. I think that’s the way it’ll work.”

When asked about fellow running back Montario Hardesty, Shurmur said he was “most likely” not going to be available for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

“He’s working to get back being healthy and that should be the focus,” linebacker Scott Fujita said of Hillis. “Until that happens, we’ve got to worry about ourselves. Right now, it’s about the St. Louis Rams.”

The Rams are coming off a 19-13 overtime loss at the Arizona Cardinals and defended the run effectively in defeat.

St. Louis allowed the Cardinals to gain just 70 yards on 17 carries. Cardinals quarterback John Skelton was Arizona’s leading rusher with 38 yards on four carries. Running back Chris Wells was held to 20 yards on 10 rushes.

“Just like we talk about each Monday, we move forward and I don’t mean it to be a cliché, but you move forward, get yourself ready to play and get ready to play the next opponent, which just happens to be the St. Louis Rams,” Shurmur said of his former team. “I had a chance to watch that game they played yesterday and they lost a tough one in overtime. They play (well) on offense; they can be stingy on defense. It’s going to be a tough test.”

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