Peyton Hillis Injury: Updates on Giants RB's Ankle and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2014

New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis (33) rushes against the Buffalo Bills during the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. New York won 17-13. (AP Photo/David Richard)
David Richard/Associated Press

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has the latest on Hillis:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

Peyton Hillis spoke about the status of his injured ankle on Thursday (via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News):

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports passed along the latest on Peyton Hillis' injured ankle:

Original Text

The New York Giants continue to experience bad luck at the running back position as Peyton Hillis suffered an ankle injury during practice on Tuesday.   

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported the news:

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post added another detail:

Not much is known about the severity or cause of the injury. Vacchiano reported earlier in the day that Hillis left the field with trainers:

Coincidentally, this comes on the same day that's Dan Graziano reported that after David Wilson's injury, Hillis jumped to No. 2 on the Giants' depth chart behind Rashad Jennings. He ran for 36 yards on seven carries in New York's 17-13 Hall of Fame Game win over the Buffalo Bills Sunday night.

Considering that the timetable for Hillis' return remains unknown, it's a bit early to start predicting that rookie Andre Williams will jump ahead of the former Cleveland Brown and Kansas City Chief in the running back hierarchy. A lot can happen between now and Week 1.

Despite his struggles over the last few years, you'd expect that a healthy Hillis would remain New York's primary backup to Jennings in the backfield. However, the longer that Hillis is out, the more the door opens for Williams to steal more carries and impress coaches on the practice field.