Is Peyton Hillis starting to wear down?

The Browns may be without their only offensive weapon this Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, running back Peyton Hillis missed practice on Wednesday and is suffering from a knee injury.

It’s actually a little early in the week to know whether or not Hillis will be available this weekend, although he was seen limping around team headquarters on Wednesday, which obviously isn’t a good sign. Coach Eric Mangini downplayed the injury and if he did just need a day off, who could blame him after the season he’s endured?

To date, Hillis has compiled 311 offensive touches on the year, which is only slightly higher than his previous mark of 82. He never touched the ball more than 111 times in a season while at Arkansas and it wouldn’t be shocking if he were starting to wear down after his first season as a featured player in the pros. He’s also had nagging injuries throughout the year that probably haven’t had the chance to fully heal.

But if he’s healthy enough to go this Sunday, expect him to be in uniform. He shredded the Ravens for 180 total yards and a touchdown in Week 3 and with the Browns out to play spoiler against their division rivals, they’ll need Hillis to play. Obviously they don’t want him to risk injury, but have you seen the guy play this year? He’s like a cartoon character; a real freak of nature.

If he can cut down on the fumbles (he leads the league with eight), Hillis could go on to have a solid career. He’s certainly the best thing the Browns have going for them on the offensive side of the ball and his blue-collar persona fits the city of Cleveland perfectly. (And to think, they only had to give up a third-string quarterback to acquire him from Denver.)

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