Nothing seems to be easy for Peyton Hillis this season. The Cleveland Browns running back missed practice on Thursday after his hamstring felt sore following a day of limited practice on Wednesday.
Head coach Pat Shurmur is still hopeful that Hillis will play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (a road game for the Browns), as the team will most certainly need his services.
Whatever your current opinion of Hillis is, and whatever you may be thinking about the emergence of Montario Hardesty, there is no doubt that a part of the reason for the Browns’ offensive struggles can be attributed to Hillis’ inability to stay on the field. When you take away the biggest offensive weapon on a team that had barely any to begin with, it’s not surprising to see that team struggle.
As it stands now, the San Francisco 49ers rank second in the NFL in rush defense, giving up only 74.7 yards per game.