Report: Peyton Hillis's knee injury not considered serious

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Peyton Hilli's knee injury from Thursday reportedly is not serious. (USATSI)
Peyton Hilli's knee injury from Thursday reportedly is not serious. (USATSI)

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.

Follow Josh Katzowitz on Google+

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking

nfl Video

July 4, 2015
NFL Divisional Power Rankings (2:49)
July 3, 2015
Is Dez Bryant bluffing about sitting out?
July 2, 2015
Antonio Gates suspended
July 2, 2015
San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles?


Most Popular

2016 Super Bowl
Super Bowl