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Peyton Hillis sprains ankle at Giants practice

Peyton Hillis, Ryan Kerrigan AP

The Giants won’t have running back David Wilson this season, leaving them without a player who was slated for a sizable role in the offense if he was healthy this season.

As co-owner John Mara recently pointed out, the Giants planned for this eventuality but another significant injury could force them to scour the free agent market for more help at the position. That makes Peyton Hillis‘ exit from Tuesday’s practice with a sprained ankle a bit more meaningful than an injury to a backup running back might be on other teams.

Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Hillis’ injury “is not believed to be a serious issue,” but there’s no firm timeline for his expected return to the lineup from an injury that can linger even if it doesn’t create immediate worries for the team. Hillis has had hamstring problems throughout his career and battled a quad injury this spring, so there’s some reason for concern about how quickly he’ll be able to bounce back.

Rashad Jennings is the starter for the Giants and Andre Williams had an encouraging debut in the Hall of Fame Game, but an extended absence for Hillis would leave the relatively inexperienced Michael Cox and totally inexperienced Kendall Gaskins as the candidates for the third spot on the depth chart if the Giants don’t make any other moves.

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9 Responses to “Peyton Hillis sprains ankle at Giants practice”
  1. seanmmartin says: Aug 6, 2014 8:59 AM

    Hillis was just named the primary backup too. Bye

  2. drfeelyouup says: Aug 6, 2014 9:00 AM

    Uh oh, looks like he has to go to his fall back CIA option.

  3. jw36969 says: Aug 6, 2014 9:12 AM

    trade for cj spiller already

  4. dkalev says: Aug 6, 2014 9:34 AM

    Giants are an interesting team in that whenever the injury bug hits, it’s a whole group not just singular players… I guess this year it’s rb

  5. erikinhell says: Aug 6, 2014 9:37 AM

    He’ll want more money now.

  6. bubbybrisket says: Aug 6, 2014 11:10 AM

    This guy once graced a Madden cover.

  7. loonaticvoicesays says: Aug 6, 2014 11:31 AM

    this guy is still playing football

  8. amaf21 says: Aug 6, 2014 12:08 PM

    paging Dr. Jones…

  9. kev86 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:42 PM

    Not a big deal. Fun for media and troll speculation though.

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