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Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: November 27, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Hillis, Andre Johnson to make their returns today

Hillis

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Hillis hasn’t played since Week 6, and he’s only competed in four games this year because of a hamstring injury or strep throat or because his agent, eyeing a potential big payday, told him not to suit up and to go home instead.

His five-game streak of not playing, though, will end today, because he’s on the Browns active list against the Bengals along with running backs Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya and is expected to see action. His carries probably will be limited, but just having him back could spark the Browns against their in-state rival. [UPDATE 12:54 p.m. ET:] According to multiple reports, Hardesty tightened up during warmups, and now, it appears Hillis will start.

JohnsonWhile Hillis somehow has become less important to his team after his monster year last season, the Texans best offensive player not named Arian Foster also will return. Andre Johnson, out for the past seven games with a hamstring injury, will return to the starting lineup Sunday.

The return of Johnson, who seemingly has been week-to-week since hurting himself in Week 4, couldn’t come at a better time for Houston. As the Texans look to stay in front for the AFC South title and their first-ever playoff appearance, they’re forced to start quarterback Matt Leinart with Matt Schaub out for the rest of the season.

And while Houston’s run game is one of the best in the league, Foster, Ben Tate and Derrick Ward also will be much less effective if their opponents can keep eight defenders in the box. Having Johnson back, making up for some of Leinart’s deficiencies, could make the Texans more two-dimensional, which will be a key component in order for Houston to land in the postseason.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Browns RB corps grows even thinner

M. Hardesty will miss some time with a calf tear (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During his Monday news conference, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said there would be no excuses why the Browns are 3-4 while scoring a combined 16 points in the past two games. But who could blame him if he started feeling sorry for himself just a little bit?

Especially after the news he brought today when he said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that running back Montario Hardesty will miss time with a moderate calf tear.

Though it doesn’t sound like a major injury, the loss of Hardesty leaves Cleveland with a bare cupboard at the running back spot. After rushing 33 times in Week 7 vs. the Seahawks, Hardesty missed the final three quarters of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers because of the injury.

Considering Peyton Hillis is still day to day with a bum hamstring and Brandon Jackson has been affected by a toe injury, the only healthy tailback on the roster is Chris Ogbonnaya, who was on the Texans practice squad a few weeks ago. Cleveland also has Armond Smith on the practice squad, and, if the team was desperate, the Browns could use Josh Cribbs as a running back.

Shurmur also said the team would try out free agent running backs on Tuesday (though I’m pretty sure Terrell Owens couldn’t pass as a running back).

As for how long Hardesty could be out? “It's going to take some time to heal,” Shurmur said.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Texans waive Steve Slaton

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The man most lost in the shuffle in the Texans running back room will no longer have to worry about trying to beat out Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Derrick Ward for playing time.

SlatonThat’s because, as the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reports, Steve Slaton has been waived.

On the season, Slaton had seven carries for 20 yards, and despite injuries to Foster and Ward, the Texans didn’t feel it was necessary to play their fourth-string running back. Although Slaton had a tremendous rookie year in 2008 (268 carries for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns), he’s fought injury problems and neck surgery.

Then, with the emergence of Foster last season, the need for Slaton to take the majority of the carries was extinguished. According to McClain, Chris Ogbonnaya was signed off the practice squad to take Slaton’s place and Foster should be ready to start this Sunday.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:11 pm
 

The Rams really need Steven Jackson to be ready

S. Jackson is expected to be cleared in time for training camp (Getty). Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday he expects RB Steven Jackson to be ready to begin training camp Thursday. But Jackson, who underwent surgery in April to repair a herniated disc in his back, still will have to be cleared by a team doctor before he can take the field for the first time since last year.

“He feels great," Spagnuolo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "Probably only because it's a back (injury), we'll tread lightly. But I think he'll do most everything."

The Rams probably will take it easy with Jackson in regards to preseason games – not that Jackson plays much in exhibition contests, anyway – but Spagnuolo expects Jackson to be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

Without Jackson, the Rams offense could struggle to produce. Assuming Sam Bradford wins the quarterback job, he’ll be a rookie starting in his first season in the NFL. That likely won’t be a pretty picture. Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya, the backups to Jackson at RB, have very little experience, and the receiving corps is not exactly filled with big names.

"We want to get (Jackson) ready,” Spagnuolo said. “He wants to go, and he wants to be ready. And we'll have him ready for the opening game.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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