But after Hillis' 144-yard rushing effort in Week 3 against Baltimore, expect the Ravens to pay a lot more attention Sunday when these two teams meet in a rematch at Browns Stadium.
Baltimore (10-4) won the first meeting 24-17. But Hillis kept Cleveland (5-9) in the game until late in the fourth quarter by averaging 6.5 yards per carry and breaking off a season-long 48-yard run against a tough Ravens defense.
"You know, I never heard of him before, until he ran for 140 on us," Suggs said Wednesday on a conference call. "We sure know his name [now]. He had a great day. He broke a couple runs on us."
Acquired in an offseason trade with the Denver Broncos for quarterback Brady Quinn, Hillis has been one of the NFL's biggest surprises. He established himself as the Browns' MVP this year with 1,129 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns. Hillis' performance on Sept. 26 against the Ravens' fifth-ranked run defense was his first 100-yard game as a Brown.
"We knew who he was going in," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "But that was kind of his first real big game that he had. ... All the things he's done since certainly showed up in that game. We had a tough time with him."
Hillis, who has 252 carries and 59 receptions this season, sat out of practice Wednesday to rest his knee but says he will play against the Ravens.