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Schefter: Teammates wonder whether Hillis contract was a factor last week

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Earlier this week, I openly wondered whether the decision of Brown running back Peyton Hillis to skip last Sunday’s game due to strep throat had anything to do with the lack of a new contract.  Some of you didn’t appreciate the implication.

Well, if you didn’t like that, you’re gonna hate this.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there are whispers in the locker room that Hillis’ decision not to play was indeed influenced by a contract that currently pays him $600,000 for 2011.

Of course, it may just be that the teammates don’t understand why a guy chose not to play due to a condition that many believe is fairly innocuous — even though it isn’t.  But as Tony Romo said after returning to a game with a broken rib and a punctured lung, football players play football.  And so it makes sense for other football players to wonder why a football player isn’t playing football.

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41 Responses to “Schefter: Teammates wonder whether Hillis contract was a factor last week”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    Steroids obviously don’t ward off strep. Sitting and watching guys make 10 times what he makes this year while he was sick didn’t help either, huh?

  2. hooptie says: Oct 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    Hillis is a stand up guy, if he said he was sick and lost over 10 lbs because of it I believe him. He wants to be on the field to earn the contract….not hold out like others.

  3. browninbos says: Oct 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    Gee I wonder who put that idea in their head (as you consistently trumpet that NFL players read this site). Thanks for the rampant speculation.

  4. goatcheez says: Oct 2, 2011 11:18 AM

    Pro Football is, and always will be about the money first and foremost.

  5. jackblackshairyback says: Oct 2, 2011 11:19 AM

    Hey Adam, Tony…..Hillis played 3 games with cracked ribs last year.

  6. mikeheruki says: Oct 2, 2011 11:22 AM

    Given past performance, the Browns players should be worrying about their own asses.

  7. couchbasher says: Oct 2, 2011 11:22 AM

    it’s called…the browns or should I say the NFL doesn’t run the ball anymore…therefore in a year from now Peyton Hillis will be Cleveland’s Frank Gore. Hillis was good last year largely due to the scheme but also from the help of L. Vickers…who is no longer with the team.

  8. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Oct 2, 2011 11:22 AM

    If Hillis sat out because he’s unhappy with his contract he took a monumental risk that his replacement, Monterio Hardesty, could take his spot permantly by fitting into the offense better. And Hardesty may well have done that. In all likelihood he will get more opportunities the rest of the season to see if he can produce and stay healthy and Hillis could find himself in a different uniform next year under a similar contract. Only this time, he will have a reputation as a malcontent who puts himself ahead of the team.

    So, was the risk worth it?

  9. bbrophy1 says: Oct 2, 2011 11:22 AM

    The Browns medical staff had money on the dolphins. When hillis showed up, they told him to go home or they would give him a staph infection! He had no choice.

  10. ehsdrumline says: Oct 2, 2011 11:23 AM

    I thought Strep was just a sore throat once and went a week without any meds or even going to the clinic. I developed Rheumatic Fever and couldn’t work for days, much less even get out of bed…Strep is a serious thing and has a rep for being a “slight condition”. If dude said he was feeling like he couldn’t play, I believe him. He hasn’t acted like a diva to this point, so why assume he is?

  11. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 2, 2011 11:29 AM

    Stupid story. The Browns sent him home. He could have infected the entire team. If he was huffing and puffing in the huddle he could have infected the whole offense after 60+ huddles. Geez guys, just because an ESPN 3rd tier talking head spreads a rumor doesnt mean you have to pass it along. That’s why I’m not watching ESPN right now.

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 2, 2011 11:33 AM

    Now Schefter is trting to destroy the Browns.

    The Man is as classless as they come, he couldn’t care less about the damage he does with his words, as long as he gets heard.

    You’re a real bag of crap, Schefter.

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 2, 2011 11:38 AM

    He should be bucking for a new contract after last year.

    It’s doubtful he’ll get paid after this year when he averages 3.4 YPC at best.

  14. hpac1337 says: Oct 2, 2011 11:39 AM

    Under those contract circumstances I could see an injured player worried about re-injury sitting out a game to protect their investment…. but strep throat isn’t exactly an injury that you’d be worried about re-injuring.

    Also, as a Browns fan, I watched Hillis play in a lot of pain multiple times last year. Dude is a tank.

  15. bucks12965 says: Oct 2, 2011 11:50 AM

    The fact that he is an NFL running back makes it kind of silly to question his toughness.

    Additionally, why don’t the Browns just pay him already?!

  16. str82dvd says: Oct 2, 2011 12:00 PM

    Everything is about the money. I would shovel shyte for a living if it paid me an extra 20 grand a year.

  17. bigdawgy54 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:02 PM

    Schefter is a piece of……….
    Hillis is all class. I believe “him!” If whispers were in the locker room…..it was the Schefter types that perpetrated the talk.
    I have had strep throat. It’s not fun and it’s highly contagious. The “TEAM” was right in sending him hope. You don’t want to indect the whole team!
    I appreciate the media providing me with quality news. This kind of $$$$ from Scheftner is nothing but garbage reporting!
    Hillis should kick his arse!!!

  18. holdthemayo123 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:03 PM

    I can think of plenty of conditions considered worse that I would want to work with rather than strep – it is horrible.

  19. billsfan1 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:03 PM

    Hey Adam, Tony…..Hillis played 3 games with cracked ribs last year.

    Which means he shoulda been able to play

  20. coolheir says: Oct 2, 2011 12:05 PM

    I’ve had step throat twice and both times I had a fever of 105 plus. I have never before or since been that sick so get off him.

  21. bigdawgy54 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    My apologies for my spelling…..
    I’m not a good typist.
    I meant to say…..
    The “TEAM” was right in sending him home. You don’t want to infect the whole team!
    GO BROWNS!!!

  22. pspring63 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:13 PM

    All the cynics in the world rejoice. It’s the easiest job in the world, next to being a receiver in Peyton Manning’s offense, complaining and bellyaching about someone you either envy or want to emulate. Hillis needn’t justify his decision and choice, his play does that.

  23. abr173rd says: Oct 2, 2011 12:16 PM

    I don’t think you can compare injury’s to being sick. I would much rather play with a hurt body part than, with a fever, strep throat, the flue or any of that B.S.
    Hillis was good last year but not great. I think the Browns front office isn’t buying into all the hype around Hillis like Browns fans are.

    Look at Desean Jackson. He thought he was getting a big contract this year and the Eagles front office seems to be intelligent enough to see if he can reproduce before they pay him, and he hasn’t. It’s all business.

  24. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 2, 2011 12:19 PM

    Strep throat is only innocuous to someone who hasn’t had it.

    Believe me, it’s death warmed up.

  25. jackblackshairyback says: Oct 2, 2011 12:20 PM

    billsfan….no, he hant practiced all week because he was sick, he lost 10 pounds due to it. Not to mention srep is highly contagious.

    Get a clue before you open your piehole.

  26. nikkodawg says: Oct 2, 2011 12:22 PM

    Maybe it’s a staph infection in his throat or did the Browns finally get their practice facility sanitized.

  27. td40 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:23 PM

    This site, and the BS/misleading/blatantly false stories it chooses to run is becoming worse than the National Enquirer.

    Yes, I’m sure that after all the positive things that Hillis has said about how much he loves playing for the Browns and the city of Cleveland- and after how much he’s seen that the fans of the team worship him- and being intelligent and humble enough to know that one good year’s performance is not going to suddenly get you paid in the top 10 RBs in the league, he’s gonna have an impromptu hold-out on Sunday during a game. Yes, “Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there are whispers in the locker room…” -as if Schefter was even *in* the locker room… or as if the players are going to whisper things with that doofus in earshot.

    This is about as made-up as it gets. Schefter wants desperately to feel like an insider. The players probably laugh at him when he is in a locker room.

  28. muckman207 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:23 PM

    With the infection history of Strep in the Browns training facilities, I am suprised they would even want him around the other players.

  29. td40 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:25 PM

    nikkodawg says:
    Oct 2, 2011 12:22 PM

    Maybe it’s a staph infection in his throat or did the Browns finally get their practice facility sanitized.
    ————————————————

    Players, back 3 or 4 YEARS ago, were contracting staph at Cleveland Clinic, not the Browns practice facility. Maybe you should have half a clue what you’re trying to make fun of before you, once again, make yourself look clueless in an attempt to be funny that bombs…

  30. z0inks says: Oct 2, 2011 12:41 PM

    Man, that Schefter guy really gets around.

    He’s either visiting every locker room in the NFL on a weekly basis, or every NFL player has him on speed dial, just in case they feel like gossiping.

    Or maybe he has like, ninety friends on Facebook….with twelve more pending.

  31. kamdaryda says: Oct 2, 2011 12:43 PM

    Play out your contract you greedy average player….

    Hail Em Up!!

  32. rexismybff says: Oct 2, 2011 12:53 PM

    Typical weak Razorback

  33. childressrulz says: Oct 2, 2011 12:55 PM

    Holmgren will not over pay this guy. Garuntee he still has a bitter taste in his mouth from Shaun Alexander. In most cases it seems a RB loses their drive after getting paid. It also looks like Hardesty is playing pretty well right now. I’d trade him for a few picks and make him someone elses problem. Holmgren sure says all the right things in the media though doesn’t he. He will talk the guy up and then break his balls in negotiations behind closed doors.

  34. henrykissingerisgod says: Oct 2, 2011 12:59 PM

    Look at all the big money backs this off-season …none besides ap have done anything and this guy is not ap. Buyer beware

  35. knightringonow says: Oct 2, 2011 12:59 PM

    And where is that friggin’ genius Joshie McIdiot now? He cut Hollis, for all intents and purposes. What an moron!

  36. knightringonow says: Oct 2, 2011 1:02 PM

    Hillis. I meant Hillis.

  37. NoWearMan says: Oct 2, 2011 1:03 PM

    Let’s say it all together now….TEAM DOCTORS SENT HIM HOME LAST WEEK.

    Also, exactly WHICH teammates are doing this wondering….?

  38. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 2, 2011 1:59 PM

    Schefter likes to start rumours. The guy is a hack.

  39. rcali says: Oct 2, 2011 2:10 PM

    Strep is a terrible time. It’s so bad I do wish it on my worst enemy.

  40. bebopa says: Oct 2, 2011 9:16 PM

    Hillis is a little overrated. He could have played if he really wanted to, whether that players rumor is true who knows.

  41. doctorbarr says: Oct 3, 2011 9:26 AM

    We don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes… maybe Heckert doesn’t want him anymore! I say pay the man, he deserves it.

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