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Hillis watches practice

August 23, 2011 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Browns running back Peyton Hillis was an observer at practice Tuesday because of stiffness in his back.

Coach Pat Shurmur didn't seemed concerned about the injury, but it's doubtful that Hillis will play Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He probably would be able to play if it was a regular-season game.

Hillis' health become an issue late last season when he wore down from the wear and tear of being a physical runner. He missed time recently with a hamstring injury, which forced him to miss last Friday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Hillis' injury won't affect the amount of playing time given to Montario Hardety against the Eagles. Hardesty should get time with the first offense, which is expected to play the entire first half.

Posting big numbers isn't the most important thing for Hardesty. The injury-plagued back just needs to get through the game without suffering any more setbacks.

One of the highlights at practice was the interception of a Colt McCoy pass by cornerback Sheldon Brown. McCoy was targeting receiver Brian Robiskie near the goal line.

Tight end Evan Moore returned to practice Tuesday after suffering a concussion against the Lions. Moore said the injjury was minor. He might play against the Eagles.


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