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Hillis Already Ruled Out for Sunday’s Game vs Jaguars

Another week, and it will be another week without running back Peyton Hillis.

The embattled running back will miss next Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, head coach Pat Shurmur announced on Monday.

Hillis injured his hamstring in a Week 6 loss to the Raiders. The fourth-year running back out of Arkansas was close to returning, but suffered a setback prior to the team’s Week 9 loss to the Texans. Coming off a 1,177-yard/10-touchdown season, Hillis has just 211 yards and two touchdowns on 60 attempts in 2011.

With 2010 second-round pick Montario Hardesty out with a calf injury, Chris Ogbonnaya, who was signed off the Texans practice squad in Week 7, has been the primary ball-carrier the last two weeks. On Sunday, Ogbonnaya had 19 carries for 90 yards against the St. Louis Rams, the team that had selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

In addition to Hillis, safety T.J. Ward will not play against the Jaguars.


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2 Responses to “Hillis Already Ruled Out for Sunday’s Game vs Jaguars”

  1. denolakes says:

    This is officially a developmental season. As disappointing as Hillis has been this year, he was the sixth leading rusher in the NFL last year. You don’t dispense with a guy with that type of history without getting a look at him this year. So, he comes back and he plays — then everyone figures out what to do. Hardesty is still an enigma. Hopefully he gets more time and shows that is a consistent contributor on offense. The book will not be written on McCoy until after next season. He has marginally respectable stats accumulated behind what has turned into a porous OL and limited WR talent with no running game. This team is snake bit — not just this year but the recent history has yet another dreadful chapter being written. We have to ride this pony; it is unfair to everyone to abandon a course only one year in. In the interim, I remain mildly interested and am glad the NBA season will probably not plague us this season.

  2. Dotcommie says:

    All of this (with Hillis) is probably due to rushing him back from an illness. It’s sickening (pun intended) to think that the team would rush a player back that was likely dehydrated and easily injured from an illness.

    Just because the news was turning against both him and the team shouldn’t have driven them to push him. It’s very clear that the damage has been done and may have become a permanent scar on his leg. Some of these hamstring injuries ruin careers.

    As for McCoy, I doubt that next year will be a pleasant one. His one game (positive) aberration against one of the worst teams in the league will likely not change his overall accuracy statistics. He did look better on Sunday, but unless that continues, I see the replacement QB being drafted next Spring or being picked up as a Free Agent. Sometime during the year, the call for the second-string QB will become deafening and he will not make it back into the starting lineup.

    That is, unless the team continues to be below average at choosing QB talent. Without a top-flight QB, this team can’t go anywhere. And unfortunately, even one good off-season will probably not change that.

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