Buccaneers running backs Peyton Hillis and Brian Leonard are competing for a backup job behind second-year starter Doug Martin, and both got their opportunities in the Tampa Bay preseason loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.
While Leonard did some nice work, rushing six times for 23 yards and a touchdown, Hillis' night ended after just four carries following a helmet to the knee by Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson that knocked Hillis out of the game.
Reportedly, though, his injury isn't serious as Bucs insider Jenna Laine reports that the diagnosis is a hyperextended knee that shouldn't keep Hillis out for long.
“That's a shame,” coach Greg Schiano said after the game and before he knew Hillis' diagnosis. “He and Brian Leonard really did a nice job. We're looking for that depth behind Doug, so that's a positive. But let's hope he's well.”
On the night, Hillis rushed for 13 yards.
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