Browns vs. Dolphins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Hayden GroveContributor IIISeptember 25, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball by defensive end Robert Geathers #91 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the season opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns (1-1) take on the Miami Dolphins (0-2) today at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 1:00 p.m. 

The big news for the Browns this afternoon is the absence of Peyton Hillis for this afternoon's contest, as he is battling fever and strep throat. It was initially thought that Hillis would be able to play today, but it seems as if his condition worsened and the smart move was to give him the day off.

With Hillis out, Browns running back Montario Hardesty is going to get the majority of carries for the Browns this afternoon. In his first start for the Browns, it'll be interesting to see what Hardesty is able to do against a good Dolphins rush defense.

Hardesty has yet to prove much to the Browns organization, and today could be a big opportunity for him to solidify himself. 

The Dolphins have had a rough start to the season, dropping their first game to Tom Brady and the Patriots, and losing again last week to the Houston Texans.

There's no doubt the Dolphins need a win today to stay somewhat relevant in the very tough AFC East. With Hillis out, they might have caught a break just at the right time. 

The Browns are coming off of their first win of the season and are looking to build on last week's success and improve their record to 2-1.

With Hillis out, the good news is that Dolphins have had a very hard time this season defending the pass, and Colt McCoy should be able to move the ball well this afternoon.

The Browns could really solidify their status as a sleeper team if they can win in this matchup, and maybe even become a contender in the AFC North. 

This matchup doesn't lack story lines and is a big one for both teams.

Stay with us as we break down the game live!