RB Peyton Hillis Has Strep Throat, Fever, But Expected to Play Sunday


Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, as he is dealing with strep throat and a fever. Hillis was sent home from practice on Friday to get rest, putting his status for the game up in the air.

After taking antibiotics, Hillis isn’t contagious, but the Browns didn’t want to risk getting any other players sick right before the game. Plus, Hillis’ backup, Montario Hardesty, is prepared to take on more carries if needed. Recent talk has centered around the fact that Hardesty hasn’t been getting enough carries in the first two games of the season, so this could present him with an opportunity to prove he deserves them.

However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter had this to say regarding Hillis’ status for Sunday’s game:

"Browns RB Peyton Hillis has strep throat & fever. Even though might be contagious, CLE believe Hillis will play vs MIA."

Browns fans shouldn’t worry about Hillis – it would be a huge surprise to not see him on the field on Sunday. He might have less carries, but he should play against the Dolphins.

Kick returner/wide receiver (and reigning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week) Josh Cribbs is also listed as questionable for the game with a groin injury, as is right tackle Tony Pashos (ankle) and Mohamed Massaquoi (ankle).