Hillis is out with a hamstring injury, leaving the tailback duties to Montario Hardesty. Hardesty’s presence is likely part of the reason that the team isn’t sold on keeping Hillis around for several years and every chance he gets to show he can handle a bigger load is likely to hurt Hillis’ chances of hanging around for the long haul. It is the second game Hillis has missed this season and he hasn’t performed to 2010 standards when he’s been healthy.
The Browns will have Joe Haden back in the lineup this Sunday. Haden suffered a sprained knee against the Titans in Week Four and had been sidelined until Friday’s practice. He was able to do everything in that session, which was enough to convince the Browns that he was ready to square off with Sidney Rice and the rest of the Seahawks.