|Whether it's the Madden curse or bad luck, Hillis is injured again. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
It could be nothing. Or it could be the latest in a never-ending stream of mishaps to befall Browns running back Peyton Hillis. The face of Madden 12 left Friday's practice after reinjuring his hamstring. According to CBSSport.com Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin, "He took a handoff before pulling up lame. He tossed the ball and his helmet angrily and limped to the sideline before walking off with a trainer. He is now very unlikely to play Sunday."
Through eight weeks, Hillis has played in four games and rushed for 211 yards with a paltry 3.5 yards-per-carry average. It hardly resembles his 1,177-yard, 4.4 YPC output from a season ago.
The struggles with injuries are frustrating enough, but Hillis' off-field issues have possibly alienated him from teammates and raised doubts about his future with the team.
In the last year of a rookie contract that pays him $600,000 in this season, there were rumors that Hillis missed a late September game against the Dolphins not because of strep throat but because he wanted a new deal. A few weeks later, head coach Pat Shurmur and team president Mike Holmgren said they had no intentions of trading Hillis. Then, Hillis missed a Halloween event for the Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland, prompting former Browns center LeCharles Bentley to tweet: "Peyton Hillis looking for 10mil guaranteed from Browns and can't show up to kids charity event? #ManPlease."
Hillis later apologized. "If I had known the full depths of it I would not have missed it," he said. "Still, I'm truly sorry and there's no excuse."
To reiterate: there is no Madden curse. Uh huh.
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