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Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:35 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Hillis isn't hurt, per se, but the old "Madden Curse" might be beating him down worse than anyone before him. Hillis is having contract issues with the Browns and his desire to play while injured is being heavily scrutinized in the media.

That scrutiny's likely to get worse: against the Dolphins on October 2, Hillis sat out with strep throat, and he said this week that he could have played. Well, to be more accurate, Hillis said that the only reason he sat out was because that's what his agent advised him to do.

"He was just looking out for me," Hillis said of his agent Kennard McGuire, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "That's what he's there for, so I have to give him thanks, too. Because I'm stubborn and hardheaded and I like to go out there and play even though I was probably not up for it."

Naturally, McGuire has Hillis' best interests in mind. But those best interests also include -- if not primarily revolve around -- Hillis getting paid by the Browns and that means that the speculation as to whether or not Hillis sat out because of not getting a deal is only going to get cranked up.

For my money, I don't buy that this is as big a deal as some want to make it. Does Hillis want a new deal and more money? Well, duh. He ran for 1,197 yards in 2010, which was almost three times his previous career total.

Do the Browns want to get Hillis a new deal? I would guess so -- he really does embody what the city's all about, and he's an absolute workhorse. I can't imagine they want to pay him based strictly on 2010, however, but it seems safe to say that they'd like to get him inked to a reasonable extension.

Look, this is the quandary that NFL players find themselves in. Play and get hurt and don't get paid and you're disposable. Immediately. Don't play and don't get hurt and maybe get paid after a public contract dispute and you'll be looked as greedy by fans.

And either way, the media will cover it extensively. It's a lose-lose-lose situation for Hillis and it'll continue to be that way until he stops appearing on the cover of Madden gets healthy and signs a new deal.

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Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:38 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

No kidding! No knock on you Brinson but I read that his agent told him to sit out the Cleveland/Miami game a day or two after the game was played.First it was the strep throat,now it's a bum hamstring,next it'll be malaria.As far as the 'quandary' that NFL players find themselves in;do you really think that they give a damn how the 'fans' perceive them.They don't care about us & speaking for myself the feeling is mutual.I care about them as human beings.I don't want to see anything happen to their families as I wouldn't want anything to happen to mine.This whole situation could've been avoided had the Browns just listed him as OUT:Illness.What I'm trying to say is he made the bed,now he's gotta sleep in it.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

lliar your the lunch lady hillis is the butcher.



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Does your job involve highly athletic feats and collisions with 300 lb world class athletes repeatedly?

No?

Did you even run a mile with strep throat?

No?

Then shut up.
Obviously my job does not require that.  However, my job does require me to stand on my feet for 8-10 hours per day. 

I did have strep while in the Army.  We never ran less than four miles per day at FT Bragg.   Airborne!

Now you can shut up, Sphincter, or Cervix, or whatever your name is.




Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis and specially his agent should just shut  up, More they talk, the bigger the hole they dig themselves in.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

At least the guy is honest about it.  I feel bad for him, he seems naive and doesnt realize the sharks hes swimming around with.  Strep throat is no joke, that being said this wasnt a playoff game.  Think back to John Abraham sitting out the second half wild card game against oakland with a tummy ache.  jets fans will never forget that.



Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:48 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis didn't have a good year, but with a raw rookie QB & one 1st class lineman in front of him---he had aspectacular year. Some of these idiots couldn't get out to mow their own lawn if they had bad strep. Atleast this year we had a potentially decent back-up running back. Come on Browns give him a Contract for 6-8 years.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:51 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

The guy plays on one of the worst teams in the NFL...Whats the point. Doesnt matter most o the fans where black Joe Thomas jerseys and slap hands with the field crew like they are friends anyways.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:57 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Somebody should tell Peyton Hillis that his agent works for him, not the other way around.

If you want to play, then play.



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:04 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I love the Browns and Hillis (as a player).

But, C'MON!!!  What is he thinking?  Sitting out because your agent tells you to?  And then saying, "Hey, I coulda played"?  As much as we love Hillis in C-town, that type of BS is going to turn him into a LeBron Modell really quick. 



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:59 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

The first few weeks of the season I was skeptical of the madden curse do to his production. Good to see the curse is still alive. They need to start putting dead guys on the cover of madden.


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