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Peyton Hillis on track to return for Browns

Indianapolis' Jacob Lacey tackles Cleveland's Peyton Hillis during an NFL football game in Indianapolis Reuters

A rough season for Peyton Hillis didn’t get any better this week after he stiffed a local Boys and Girls Club for an event called “Halloween with Hillis.”

Hillis has apologized, but only one thing is going to get him back in the good graces of Browns fans: Playing again.  Playing effectively wouldn’t hurt.

It now sounds like the Browns cautiously expect Hillis to return from a hamstring injury against the Texans this Sunday. He practiced on Thursday, which is great news for a team that lost Montario Hardesty to injury last week.

Cleveland is 3-4, but no one takes them seriously because they don’t have a win over a quality opponent.  A victory in Houston would change that.

(Not that we expect it to happen.)

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  1. citizenstrange says: Nov 3, 2011 4:24 PM

    Note to Peyton Hillis:

    The Boys and Girls Club is one of the best organizations there is. They really do a lot for a lot of kids.

    Do something extremely nice and decent that goes overboard in making it up to them.

  2. berre023 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:21 PM

    The Madden curse lives on….

  3. wtf2812 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:26 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I am really surprised at what has happened with Hillis in Cleveland, I always thought he was a good guy on the rise. However, the stuff we keep hearing about him this season sound like the makings of a malcontent.

  4. p01ntman says: Nov 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    No further comments needed.

  5. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    Halloween with Hillis! Thats funny. The Browns are a disaster, even if they had a deep threat they have a QB that couldn’t get it to him. My defensive scheme? Crowd the box and kill Hillis when he gets it, pretty simple

  6. txtuff says: Nov 3, 2011 5:59 PM

    After the Texans new D gets hold of him he is going to wish he was still hurt.

  7. prmpft says: Nov 3, 2011 6:00 PM

    man – i was not a believer in the curse until this season – for future Madden coverboys – invest that money well when you get it b/c YOU’RE GONNA NEED IT!!!

  8. bangitfootball says: Nov 3, 2011 6:03 PM

    Oh goodie, Hillis 43 yards and 0 Tds are back!!!

  9. tilllman40 says: Nov 3, 2011 6:27 PM

    Stop w madden curse jeeze the 400 th time someone posted that . Lol silly kids

  10. upyoursnfu says: Nov 3, 2011 6:35 PM

    What a bum. Broncos got the better of the deal with that 3rd string QB they got in the trade….whats his name?

  11. staffordsyear says: Nov 3, 2011 7:05 PM

    How many times has this happend..geez you gotta be kidding me, why don’t they just stick with it.

  12. dennyg2 says: Nov 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    Hillis IS the NFL’s most overrated player. Not to mention he is soft. Cleveland was smart not to give this turd a long term contract…

  13. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 3, 2011 8:41 PM

    The Hillis Curse …. aka Strep throat …. symptoms include: 3.2 per carry, HGH for breakfast and neglecting charities.

  14. shadylamp says: Nov 3, 2011 8:45 PM

    I’m so sick of “Madden Curse” comments for every Peyton Hillis story. I can prove the Madden Curse is bogus right now. It’s simple. Lets hypothetically take the top 5 running backs in 2011 as of week 9 and insert the term “maden curse:
    1.) Adrian Peterson –> Lockout contract dispute. Almost held out: Madden Curse
    2.) Lesean McCoy –> Injured week 3: Madden Curse
    3.) Maurice Jones Drew –>Injured week 2: Madden Curse
    4.) Fred Jackson –> Injured week 4: Maden Curse.
    5.) Frank Gore –> Limped off the field in week 1. Questionable for week 2. Madden curse.

    It’s not tht hard to call everything a madden curse so shut up about it already. It’s not a madden curse. He just sucks.

  15. shadylamp says: Nov 3, 2011 8:57 PM

    I think if they put Al Davis on the cover of Madden, all of your curser believers heads would have exploded. =)

  16. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:23 PM

    Shadylamp I was with you all the way till you went with the “he just sucks”. As a Browns fan I’m totally cool with someone saying that “they just suck” cause they do, but Hillis is a damn good RB. And where the hell was Chris Johnson on your little “curse” list by the way? I see T.j as being very similar to Derek Anderson. He has one good year and everyone gets a big hard on, and then never performs the same way again. I called it back then about D.A and I called it about C.J neither time did anybody listen. But thats to be expected. I’d put Hillis in my top 5 running backs if he were on a team that could stretch the field, not with the Browns though, he won’t succeed in that short game offense

  17. upyoursnfu says: Nov 3, 2011 10:14 PM

    Most guys cursed by the Madden cover tear ACLs or break bones. Hillis gets a sore throat and cant play. What a softee. I almost feel bad for Cleveland fans who bought this turd’s jersey

  18. Exiled1 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:22 PM

    shadylamp says:Nov 3, 2011 8:45 PM

    I’m so sick of “Madden Curse” comments for every Peyton Hillis story. I can prove the Madden Curse is bogus right now. It’s simple. Lets hypothetically take the top 5 running backs in 2011 as of week 9 and insert the term “maden curse:
    1.) Adrian Peterson –> Lockout contract dispute. Almost held out: Madden Curse
    2.) Lesean McCoy –> Injured week 3: Madden Curse
    3.) Maurice Jones Drew –>Injured week 2: Madden Curse
    4.) Fred Jackson –> Injured week 4: Maden Curse.
    5.) Frank Gore –> Limped off the field in week 1. Questionable for week 2. Madden curse.

    It’s not tht hard to call everything a madden curse so shut up about it already. It’s not a madden curse. He just sucks.
    ———————————————————-

    I think 4 out of the 5 you mentioned weren’t on the cover of madden.

    I think that being on the cover would be a prerequisite for having the madden curse.

    Either way Hillis was way over-rated and voted to the cover by his fans. Not exactaly his fault. But him being a total jerk by not showing up to the Boys and Girls Club Halloween thing. Thats all on him.

  19. dlindstedt2 says: Nov 4, 2011 9:08 AM

    Shadylamp…

    Apparently you are an idiot that doesn’t know what the hell the Madden Curse is.

    The madden curse started in 2000. The athlete that graced the cover had a piss poor year or an injury here is a run down, so maybe you can learn something.

    2011: I give you HILLIS

    2010, Troy Polamalu/Larry Fitzgerald: Polamalu only played five games due to knee injuries, Steelers missed playoffs;

    2009, Brett Favre: Feuded with Packers, traded to Jets, horrible down the stretch (lost 4 of last 5). Also tore his bicep

    2008, Vince Young: Missed 1 game with quad injury; led Titans to first playoff appearance in four years. Look where his career is now

    2007, Shaun Alexander: Fractured foot, missed six games; fewer yards and TDs in ’06 AND ’07 than in ’04 OR ’05.

    2006, Donovan McNabb: Sports hernia in first game, missed seven games; feuded with Terrell Owens all year; had been to five straight Pro Bowls, hasn’t been since.

    2005, Ray Lewis: Broke wrist, missed one game; first season without interception; missed 10 games next year with thigh injury.

    2004, Michael Vick: Fractured fibula one day after video game was released, missed 11 games.

    2003, Marshall Faulk: Ankle injury, missed two games, never rushed for 1,000 yards again.

    2002, Daunte Culpepper: 4-7 record before season-ending knee injury.

    2001, Eddie George: Career season, but fumbled in playoffs as top-seeded Titans lost first game to Ravens.

    2000, Barry Sanders: Retired one week before training camp.

    Just saying, dont comment on something you know nothing about. None of the athletes you said were ever on the cover.

  20. trickbunny says: Nov 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    It doesn’t matter if Hillis is back, 100%, and raring to go- because that doofus Pat Shurmur has no clue how to use him anyway. Either that, or Hillis will get 15 touches while Shurmur gazes on in a delusional man-crush state, watching Colt McCoy throw 50 passes (for an avg gain of 5 yards).

    Hillis is pretty much doomed with this team. Doesn’t matter if he’s healthy. Mike Holmgren screwed the long-suffering people of Cleveland with his choice of Pat Shurmur and now the fans are paying AGAIN. This guy isn’t even qualified to be an OC let alone a HC, and now he’s both- and it shows. One of the reasons Hillis had a great year last year was because of the way that Mangini and Daboll used him. Unfortunately, Shurmur thinks handing him the ball under 20 times and sending him up the middle 98% of the time is gonna get results. Yep, Shurmur is *that* dumb. Wow. Thanks, Mike Holmgren. Thanks for taking things seriously.

  21. shadylamp says: Nov 4, 2011 3:15 PM

    Exiled1 says:
    ————————————–
    I think 4 out of the 5 you mentioned weren’t on the cover of madden.

    I think that being on the cover would be a prerequisite for having the madden curse.

    Either way Hillis was way over-rated and voted to the cover by his fans. Not exactaly his fault. But him being a total jerk by not showing up to the Boys and Girls Club Halloween thing. Thats all on him.
    ————————————————-
    Did you even read my comment? I said I’m taking the top 5 statical running backs as of week 9 and hypothetically insert them on the cover of Madden to prove a point the curse is bogus. I never said any of those 5 players were on the cover. Wow- my comment really went WAYYYY over your head.

  22. shadylamp says: Nov 4, 2011 3:25 PM

    dlindstedt2 says:
    ——————————
    Just saying, dont comment on something you know nothing about. None of the athletes you said were ever on the cover.
    ——————————
    Really,???!!

    2001, Eddie George: Career season, but fumbled in playoffs as top-seeded Titans lost first game to Ravens.

    Oh I see, That counts too huh? My point is you can insert any mishap you want and state the curse lives on but the fact is every player in the NFL has a least one type of mishap every season… that’s why the so called curse is BS.

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