|It's been a long strange season for Hillis. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
The season can't end soon enough for Peyton Hillis. He was one of the league's best backs a year ago, but contract squabbles, injuries and the Madden curse have all conspired against him in 2011. He hasn't seen the field since Week 6 and has only played in four games. After tweaking his hammy a week and a half ago, Hillis won't play in Week 11, either.
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur didn't need to see how the week unfolded, choosing instead to announce Monday that Hillis was ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars.
Shurmur also said safety T.J. Ward (foot) wouldn't play against Jacksonville but hoped that both players would be back at some point this season. There are currently no plans to place either on injured reserve.
The Browns are one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the league and would clearly benefit from a healthy Hillis. So far, that hasn't happened. As a consequence, Cleveland's running game is ranked dead last in the league, according to Football Outsiders, and the passing game's biggest issue has been protecting quarterback Colt McCoy (well, that and trying not to be so predictable).
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