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Browns RB Peyton Hillis still expected to face Dolphins despite strep throat, fever

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 24, 2011
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis runs against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been dealing with strep throat and a fever, but he is still expected to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the Beacon Journal has learned.

Hillis is listed as questionable on the team's injury report. Hillis reported to the Browns' training facility on Friday, though he was sent home and missed practice because of the illness.

"I think he just wasn't feeling well and (we wanted) to give him the best opportunity to get as much rest and fluids as we could," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Friday. "That was it."

Backup running back Montario Hardesty said he's ready for more playing time. Shurmur has said he wants to use Hardesty more, even if Hillis is at full strength.

"I'm excited about playing, getting into the game and having an opportunity to play some more," Hardesty said Friday. "I'm definitely excited."

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