Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has the latest on Hillis:
Coughlin believes RB Peyton Hillis will try to do some work on the field this week.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 23, 2014
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):
Peyton Hillis says his ankle is "coming along really well. It's progressing really well."— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) August 14, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports passed along the latest on Peyton Hillis' injured ankle:
Per NYG beats, Tom Coughlin just said at his presser that RB Peyton Hillis will be out "a while."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 6, 2014
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:
RB Peyton Hillis has an ankle injury. No further details provided by the Giants ... yet.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 5, 2014
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post added another detail:
Peyton Hillis has a sprained ankle, according to the Giants. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 6, 2014
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:
RB Peyton Hillis just left the field and headed inside for unknown reasons.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 5, 2014
Coincidentally, this comes on the same day that ESPN.com'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.