Cleveland Browns: Peyton Hillis Suffers Thigh Injury in Thursday Practice

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IOctober 7, 2010

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns is hit by cornerback Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Matt Sullivan/Getty Images is reporting tonight that Cleveland Browns running back, Peyton Hillis, suffered an undisclosed thigh injury during the Browns' Thursday practice.

According to the NFL injury report, Hillis mysteriously appeared on the Browns injured player list shorty after practice concluded. Hillis' injury occurred after media members were removed from the practice field for the Browns' closed session, therefore no coverage of his injury was made possible.

Although the extent of the injury is unknown at this point, any injury to Hillis hurts the Browns to a great extent.

Hillis has been a bright spot in what has been a very mediocre offense throughout the beginning of this season. Hillis had made his way into the Browns starting role after plowing through defenders and wearing seemingly every defense he faces. 

Hillis has been the Browns’ top offensive player this season rushing for a career-high 144 yards two weeks ago against Baltimore, and carried Cleveland to their first win by running for 102 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals.

To date, Hillis has gained 322 yards on the ground while carrying the ball 66 times and scoring four touchdowns. In addition to his rushing totals, Hillis also has pulled in 16 catches to total 94 yards.

Peyton can be considered the Browns MVP over the first quarter of the season after becoming the Browns' primary weapon during Jake Delhomme's absence.

More information on Hillis' injury should be made available tomorrow after Eric Mangini's morning press conference and media coverage.

Until then, Browns fans will have to hope that the injury will not sideline Hillis for this weekend's game against the Falcons.