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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis' role won't be diminished because of contract situation

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 3, 2011
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis runs with the ball before the Browns play the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this afternoon following the team's 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

  • Shurmur said he would not diminish running back Peyton Hillis' role because of the latter's unresolved contract issues. "Absolutely not," Shurmur said. "I think that's a non-issue." ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that although Hillis said he was ill last week, some Browns players believed that Hillis' unresolved contract sitution may have contributed to his decision not to play in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins. Shurmur addressed the report Sunday after his team's loss to the Titans and again today. "The young man was sick, and he didn't play," Shurmur said. "OK. That's the end of it. He played yesterday, and I think that's where the important thing is. Two weeks ago, he didn't play. We played the Miami Dolphins, and we won the game. Yesterday he did. All right. He was a significant contributor yesterday, and we didn't win." Shurmur said he did not hear any grumbling from players about Hillis not playing against the Dolphins.

  • Shurmur provided the following injury updates: center Alex Mack will have his appendix removed this afternoon; cornerback Joe Haden (sprained knee) had an MRI and won't practice Tuesday. Shurmur said there's a chance Haden will miss time, but Shurmur also said he's not sure if that will be the case because Haden will have an extra week to recover during the team's bye; wide receiver Josh Cribbs suffered slight knee sprain, and cornerback Sheldon Brown (groin) was no worse for wear after playing hurt; wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi sprained a shoulder, but it's not believed to be a significant injury, Shurmur said; offensive lineman Tony Pashos is sore but pulled through fine after making 2011 regular-season debut; rookie strong safety Eric Hagg (knee) will continue to work more in practice this week.


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