Browns starting running back Peyton Hillis has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Houston after aggravating a hamstring injury. According to a report in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hillis is probably on his way out of Cleveland.
Barring a major turnaround in behavior and performance, the Browns are prepared to let Hillis go elsewhere when he becomes a free agent at the end of this season, sources told The Plain Dealer. "It's one thing after another, and what's been out there isn't even the half of it," the source told the paper.
This isn't surprising news considering Hillis couldn't have handled his contract situation any worse. He went public over his lack of a contract, missed a game because of strep throat over the advice of his agent, failed to show up for a scheduled appearance at Halloween party for children and got married last Tuesday in Arkansas instead of getting treatment at the Browns facility for his injured hamstring.
"Of course we're going to be a little upset if Peyton's not in there getting his treatment," Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace told The Plain Dealer.
This comes following a report on Yahoo! Sports that said eight veteran players summoned Hillis for "an intervention-style, air-clearing session designed to restore his focus."
Last season, Hillis was the centerpiece of the Browns' offense, producing 1,654 total yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. This season, he's on pace for 574 total yards and four touchdowns.