Browns Ready to Let Hillis Test Free Agency?

The frustrating season continues for running back Peyton Hillis and the Cleveland Browns.  At practice on Friday, Hillis was preparing to return to the lineup this weekend and reinjured his hamstring, and sources are now saying that the Browns are nearing the end of their rope.

Hillis was running up the middle in Friday’s practice and came up limping after the play, grabbing at his hamstring.  He then threw his helmet down in frustration, and limped over to the sidelines to talk to the trainers.  He is now expected to miss at least a couple more games due to the re-injury, after missing the last two games with the same injured hamstring.

NFL sources are saying that the Browns are prepared to let him leave in free agency after this season.  “It’s one thing after another, and what’s been out there isn’t even the half of it,” one source said.

Hillis, the Madden 2012 cover player, has played in just 4 games this year, and has 60 carries for 211 yards after his breakout year last year, where he rushed for 1,177 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.  He became a crowd favorite this year and both sides were frustrated earlier in the season with the lack of progress on signing a contract extension.  If Hillis is healthy in the second half of the year, he will draw a lot of interest in the free agent market.

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