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Thomas rips Hillis
December 5, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas didn't hold back in leveling criticism at former Browns running back Peyton Hillis.
In training camp Thomas told "The Tribune" that if sides were being chosen in the locker room they that no one would have selected Hillis. It was in reference to the fact that Hillis missed games last season because of injuries and once because of an illness.
Thomas believes Hillis could have played in some of the games he missed. He feels that Hillis was more concerned about getting a new contract than he was with helping the team.
Thomas reiterated his statements Wednesday.
"He decided that his contract was more important than coming out and playing and helping his team win," Thomas said. "Then we had a few injuries that hurt us further with Montario Hardesty being hurt and Brandon Jackson, who wasn't in training camp. Peyton decided to go about getting a contract a certain way, and it ended up hurting the other 52 guys in the locker room."
Hillis' off-the-field issues created a bad locker-room setting. At one point he was confronted about his behavior by veteran teammates.
"He wasn't real popular around here with the way he went about his business," Thomas said. "Not that they didn't like him as a person, but the way he hurt the team by the way he didn't come to play."
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