It was thought that running back Peyton Hillis could test his injured hamstring in practice on Wednesday, but it turns out that he wasn’t able to do so and the Browns are once again left wondering who will be the starting back on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
The team signed running back Thomas Clayton on Tuesday to back up potential starter Chris Ogbonnaya, assuming Hillis doesn’t play, but that’s obviously not an ideal scenario for the Browns.
It’s obvious now that the Browns’ top two running backs – Hillis and Montario Hardesty - will always have a hard time staying on the field, and with the way Hillis is potentially running himself out of town, running back is a position the Browns might unexpectedly have to consider improving this coming off-season.
Speaking of Hillis’ troubles, he is once again finding himself in hot water with the Cleveland area due to off-field issues. This time, it stems from Hillis failing to show up to a Cleveland Boys and Girls Club event on Monday that was hosted by former Browns offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley.
Citing “miscommunication” between himself and his management, Hillis explained on Wednesday that he would not have missed the event if he had known the full depths of it.
Whatever it was, the people of Cleveland are going to form their own opinion about the situation, and, for the most part, it’s not going to be in Hillis’ favor. With rumors of him also wanting $10 million in guaranteed money for his new contract, there isn’t much good news surrounding Hillis these days any way you look at it.