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Browns RB Peyton Hillis downgraded to out vs. Texans

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 5, 2011
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (40) takes a handoff from quarterback Colt McCoy (12) against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Browns running back Peyton Hillis has officially been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. During practice Friday, he aggravated a pulled hamstring he suffered Oct. 16 against the Oakland Raiders, left to undergo an MRI and returned to the team's headquarters with his left leg heavily wrapped.

Hillis will miss his third consecutive game and his fourth of the season. He practiced Thursday and had hoped to put the many distractions surrounding his life behind him by returning to action on game days. But now he'll need to wait.

Hillis' status for Sunday isn't surprising considering what reporters witnessed Friday. He took a handoff, ran off right guard and started to limp. He immediately threw the ball and his helmet in frustration and later walked off the practice field with a trainer.

Browns running back Montario Hardesty (torn calf muscle) is also out, so Chris Ogbonnaya, whom the Browns signed off the Texans' practice squad two weeks ago, is expected to start against his former team. Thomas Clayton, who was not with an NFL team this season until he signed with the Browns on Tuesday, should also receive significant playing time.

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