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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis is day-to-day, expected to run in pool

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011
In this Oct. 2, 2011, photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden gestures before the Tennessee Titans played the Browns in an NFL football game in Cleveland. Haden sprained his left knee last week against Tennessee. An MRI revealed the sprain, but it's not known how long Haden, who is having a solid second season, will be sidelined. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some highlights from the news conference:


  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is day-to-day, but he did not run Wednesday as previously planned, Shurmur said. "He's gonna run in the pool today," Shurmur said. "So that's the course that we're gonna take with him."

  • Cornerback Joe Haden (knee) is day-to-day, Shurmur said. He ran the past two days and is expected to do the same today. Rookie cornerback Buster Skrine left practice Wednesday because he was dealing with a hip injury. "He'll be at practice today," Shurmur said.

  • No one has been ruled out for Sunday. When asked about Haden, who's pictured to the left, and Skrine possibly being sidelined against the Seahawks, Shurmur said, "At this point, my feelings are that they'll both be there. So we have contingency plans if they're not. But right now, (others) will have to step in. (Undrafted rookie James) Dockery will slide down and play, and you always have contingency plans with the possibility of one of the safety-type players having to drop down (to play cornerback), so we always go into games with that. Some of it's strategy. I'll just leave it for Sunday."

  • Linebacker Scott Fujita is improving, but he was sent home for the second consecutive day while dealing a concussion, Shurmur said.

  • Safety Ray Ventrone (hamstring) is day-to-day. "He's improving, and unless something changes here, I think he's gonna run in the pool also," Shurmur said.

  • Offensive lineman Artis Hicks missed practice Wednesday because he had back spasms, Shurmur said. "He's feeling better today, but he'll be somewhat limited," Shurmur said.

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