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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: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I've had strep throat on a couple of few occasions.  It is quickly treatable with antibiotics and anit-imflamatory medication (Advil).  I don't know if I had a scaled down version or not.  Point is I went to work with it.  I would like to know more details about Peyton Hillis' strep.  Heck, Walter Payton set the NFL single game rushing record (at the time) with the flu.  Or did he just have flu-like symptoms?  The players today have alot of advanced, immediate medical care that us average joes don't. 

Dude should have played.  Unless something extraordinary comes out about strep throat effects on professional athletes, I vote he's a wuss.

And, yes, I know that untreated strep throat can lead to heart damage or something like that.
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.



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis..... would have, could have, did not. What would he say had the Browns lost?



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I've had strep throat on a couple of few occasions.  It is quickly treatable with antibiotics and anit-imflamatory medication (Advil).  I don't know if I had a scaled down version or not.  Point is I went to work with it.  I would like to know more details about Peyton Hillis' strep.  Heck, Walter Payton set the NFL single game rushing record (at the time) with the flu.  Or did he just have flu-like symptoms?  The players today have alot of advanced, immediate medical care that us average joes don't. 

Dude should have played.  Unless something extraordinary comes out about strep throat effects on professional athletes, I vote he's a wuss.

And, yes, I know that untreated strep throat can lead to heart damage or something like that.




Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Strep throat is nasty when you are an adult.  My girlfriend had it and was in bed for 3 days.  Very close to taking her to the hospital. 
I do not think that Peyton Hillis was physically able to play, and even if he could drag himself out onto the field you still need to be PRODUCTIVE. he stated that he lost 10-12 pounds.  When was the last time anyone who had a fever and was bedridden decided to jump up and do some brutal physical activity, let alone go to work.  The bottom line is the man was sick, not to mention highly contagious.  Just having someone on the field isn't worth it, especially if he risks further injury by being out there.  I think it's time we let this go already.

The sad part is that his aget probably thought this was a great way to gain some levergae in the contract negotiations.  The bottom line is that if the browns want hillis they will pay him.  They do not want to overpay, and probably feel that waiting to see what happens THIS season with hillis is the best way to determine his value moving forwrd.  From a business standpoint it makes perfect sense.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Rest Hillis now. We'll need him later in the season. I would keep his carries 14-18 a game until week 10. McCoy hasn't proven he can throw in the cold, so there's no reason for Hillis to wear himself down before the Browns need him. Hillis should get a lucrative extension. He's the first Brown to be on Madden and is bringing excitement to Cleveland. GO BROWNS!!!!! 



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

It's just entertainment.  Like AWA, WWF, WWE etc.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

he had a case of "thejaycutler disease"

his V*A*G*I*N*A hurt! 



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Has anyone seen the Browns..They have two wins versus the two worst teams in the league..I would say they are 3rd worst! I wonder if it was a case of that familiar cleveland staff infection?!?



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Why is his agent (who I assume is not a physician) making the decision for him?  Isn't there a team doctor more qualified to make decisions such as these based on Hillis's health?  The whole thing stinks to me.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Strepp can be very serious, use your best judgment.  We don't go to work when we have strepp and neither should athletes. 


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