Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis sits on the bench in the third quarter in an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Cleveland. The Browns won 14-10. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The Browns (4-6) practiced today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4). Reporters were allowed to watch about 30 minutes of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:
Running back Peyton Hillis has been ruled out for Sunday against the Bengals, but he returned to practice today for the first time since he aggravated his injured hamstring during practice Nov. 4. Hillis was limited upon his return. He did some light work in at least one individual drill by shuffling sideways through bags. Hillis, who is pictured to the right, did not participate in team drills. As the open session ended, Hillis switched from walking to jogging as he moved to the next drill. On Sunday, he will miss his sixth consecutive game -- and his seventh of the season. Hillis originally hurt his left hamstring Oct. 16 against the Oakland Raiders.
As expected, running back Montario Hardesty (calf) worked with the first-team offense during team drills.
Tight end Alex Smith lined up at fullback during practice. Starting fullback Owen Marecic (concussion) did not practice.
Strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) and linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring) also did not practice.
Rookie Jabaal Sheard and Jayme Mitchell rotated at left defensive end with the first-team defense. Emmanuel Stephens served as the right defensive end.
Tony Pashos practiced at right tackle with first-team offensive line. Pashos doesn't normally take first-team reps on Wednesday. Perhaps his injured left ankle has improved as of late.