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Peyton Hillis Injury: Updates on Chiefs RB's Ankle

Sept. 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis (40) runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Bills beat the Chiefs 35 to 17.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIREi
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Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

Peyton Hillis wasn’t a major factor in the Kansas City Chiefs' 27-24 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints, but he's still a potentially valuable player moving forward.

According to the staff of Rotoworld, the KC running back took himself out of the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He had rushed for just 11 yards on three attempts before suffering the injury.


UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As expected, Hillis is active for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. While fantasy owners and Chiefs fans alike will be interested in his impact in this game, it's probably wise to hold your proverbial horses.

Hillis may be a factor eventually this season, but it's unlikely he'll be on on Sunday afternoon.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

We still don't know if Hillis will suit up this week, but on a positive note, he has returned to practice. FromAdam Teicher of The Kansas City Star:

Running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (calf) practiced for the first time in several weeks, though it was unclear whether either player would play against the Raiders. The Chiefs don’t have to issue an injury report until Wednesday.

I wouldn't recommend you suddenly add him to your fantasy team or expect big things from him on Sunday, but it's a positive sign that his return nears for this Chiefs offense. Even upon his return he may still be buried on the depth chart, but you should keep an eye on him to see how his role develops.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

With a bye week to recover, Hillis could be in line to return against the Oakland Raiders. Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star notes that "Running back Peyton Hillis and defensive end Glenn Dorsey remain limited by injuries, Crennel said, but are improving and could be ready for the game against Oakland."

For fantasy owners, this has limited relevance. Jamaal Charles is firmly the No. 1 back, while Shaun Draughn has been a serviceable No. 2 up to this point. If Hillis reclaims the backup job, however, he'll be worth keeping around.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Peyton Hillis is officially listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Kansas City Chiefs officially Twitter feed.


Chiefs Inactives - 7 Cassel, 19 Wylie,31 Hartman, 40 Hillis, 72 Dorsey, 64 Mattison and 55 Kehl #chiefsgame #KCvsTB

— Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) October 14, 2012


The running back has not played since September 23 against the Saints, so the team has learned to play without him. With the leading rusher in the NFL in Jamaal Charles, Hillis is unlikely to be missed.

It is also about time to drop him from your fantasy roster all together. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Kansas City Chiefs will likely be without running back Peyton Hillis for another game. 

Adam Telcher of The Sporing News reported, "Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis, who has a high ankle sprain, is unlikely to return in time for Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."

This will be Hillis' third consecutive missed game due to the injury. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4:39 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though not officially declared out for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, things are not looking good for Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis. Hobbled by an injured ankle, Hillis missed practice again on Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz

Crennel also said running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) would not practice, while defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (elbow), center Ryan Lilja (back) and wide receivers Devon Wiley (hamstring) and Jon Baldwin (hamstring) would be limited.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 2:44 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Inactive with in Week 4 with an ankle injury, Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis was still unable to practice on Wednesday, according to Adam Caplan.

"On the other injury front, [Peyton] Hillis is not going to practice today with his ankle."

The bruising back's status for Sunday's contest against the Baltimore Ravens is still up in the air, but the fact he's still unable to even go through a light practice session is not promising. 


UPDATE: Sunday, September 30 at 11:51 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Peyton Hillis has been listed as inactive for Sunday's matchup with the San Diego Chargers, according to Week 4's NFL Inactives Report.


UPDATE: Thursday, September 27 at 6:36 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Peyton Hillis did not practice on Thursday, according to Nick Jacobs of TWC Metro Sports.

Jacobs tweeted:

#Chiefs Injury Report ThursdayDNP TE- Kevin Boss (Head) RB- Peyton Hillis (Ankle)

— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) September 27, 2012



UPDATE: Thursday, September 27 at 10:47 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Peyton Hillis was still wearing a protective boot around his injured ankle on Wednesday, according to Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher.

"Running back Peyton Hillis (ankle)... did not practice. Hillis still had his injured ankle protected in a walking boot." 


UPDATE: Wednesday, September 26 at 12:27 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Peyton Hillis (ankle) will not practice today, according to Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher.

hillis won't practice today. McCluster will be limited in practice

— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 26, 2012


UPDATE: Tuesday, September 25 at 10:39 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Peyton Hillis' season continues to head down the drain as he was spotted wearing a walking boot on Monday after suffering an ankle injury in Week 3, according to Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher

"Hillis, who was supposed to share the featured back spot with Jamaal Charles, had his injured ankle protected in a walking boot Monday."


Jamaal Charles has clearly re-established himself as the top back in the Chiefs backfield, as he ran for 233 yards on 33 carries against the Saints. His big-play ability suits the Chiefs' current needs as they search for more offensive firepower.

Hills had 82 yards on the year entering Sunday's action. He's had 18 carries and hasn't served as much more than a goal-line option, but insurance in the backfield is always important.

Hillis provides valuable depth behind Charles, offering a different dimension as well. It's important to have versatility on offense, and Hillis' presence adds those qualities to the Chiefs' run game, whether they utilize him or not.

Kansas City still needs a lot of work. Losing Hillis wouldn't be a step in the right direction. He's the Chiefs' thunder on offense, and they need all the help they can get.

Keep it tuned to B/R for the latest breaking news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on Peyton Hillis’ injury status and potential return. 

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