The Browns have talked this week about getting running back Montario Hardesty into the mix more, but the team won’t need Hardesty to start.
Coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Friday he fully expected Peyton Hillis to start despite listing him as questionable on the injury report with an illness.
“He just wasn’t feeling well,” said Pat Shurmur via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “It just happens this time of year, so we felt the best course of action was just to send him home. We’ll see how he’s doing, but whatever it is, we don’t feel like it’s going to affect him on Sunday. My thoughts are that he’ll be there.”
Hillis left Friday to rest and get more fluids. The team talked about wanting to rest Hillis more during the regular season, but haven’t followed through thus far. With Brandon Jackson hurt, Hillis has 57 touches (47 carries) in two weeks. He’s scored twice, but is averaging only 3.4 yards-per-carry against the Bengals and Colts. Hardesty has only eight carries.
(And with that, I’m back at practice following my most excellent break this week. Elly and I thank you for all the well wishes.)