For the first time in what seems like forever, there is no doubt about the playing status of Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis. As for Montario Hardesty, it is still somewhat up in the air. Despite saying that he is ready to go, Hardesty (calf) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens after participating in team drills on Friday.
Hardesty has not played in four weeks and, should he play on Sunday, it would give the Browns their first full backfield since Oct. 16 against the Oakland Raiders.
The Ravens currently have the third-ranked rush defense, so it would behoove the Browns to have as many healthy players in their backfield as possible. However, despite the Ravens’ 8-3 record, the team is only 2-3 on the road in 2011, losing to the likes of the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Seattle Seahawks.
So, regardless of what some fans might think, the Browns have a real chance at an upset. Having Hardesty healthy, along with Hillis, will go a long way to making that happen.