Hilliard cleared the NFL's concussion protocol Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
D'Ernest Johnson filled in as Nick Chubb's backup in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets, catching three of four targets for 42 yards and adding three carries for eight yards. Hilliard should step back into that role for the Week 3 matchup with the Rams, likely getting most of his playing time in passing situations while also serving as the primary returner on punts and kicks.
Hilliard (concussion) won't play in Monday's game versus the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Hilliard only had one carry in Week 1 versus the Titans, but it was a four-yard touchdown run that stole fantasy points from Nick Chubb owners. With Hilliard's absence, D'Ernest Johnson will work as the Browns' backup to Chubb, though Johnson isn't expected to have an established role, either.
Hilliard (concussion) missed practice again Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Hilliard has one more chance to return to practice before the Browns' final Week 2 injury report is released, but if he's unavailable Monday night, look for D'Ernest Johnson to be the team's top option on kick returns against the Jets, as well as Nick Chubb's backup at running back.
Hilliard (concussion) isn't practicing Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hilliard still has some time to gain medical clearance to play Monday night against the Jets but if that doesn't happen, D'Ernest Johnson would be next up for the Browns' running back touches that don't go to starter Nick Chubb.
Hilliard (concussion) isn't participating in Tuesday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The Browns won't release their first Week 2 practice report until Thursday, but Hilliard looks like he might not be ready to log even limited participation at that point while he works through the NFL's five-phase concussion protocol. Even a return to practice by the end of the week wouldn't ensure Hilliard's availability for the Monday night matchup with the Jets, as he'll need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up for the contest. If Hilliard ends up sitting out Week 2, D'Ernest Johnson would step in as the top backup to starting running back Nick Chubb.
Hilliard (concussion) is ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's contest against the Titans, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Hilliard will turn his attention towards clearing the league's concussion protocol. Prior to exiting Sunday's contest Hilliard logged racked up four yards and a touchdown on his sole carry, while catching one of his two targets for 14 yards.
Hilliard is being evaluated for a possible concussion, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Prior to his exit from Sunday's game against the Titans, Hilliard turned his lone carry into a four-yard TD and caught one of his two targets for 14 yards. As long as he's on the sideline, D'Ernest Johnson is next up for running back snaps behind starter Nick Chubb.
Hilliard is expected to return punts and kicks Week 1 against the Titans, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Special teams coach Mike Priefer said fellow running back D'Ernest Johnson may also get some chances behind Hilliard. If the Browns need a big play late in the game, Priefer said he will consider using Jarvis Landry or Odell Beckham Jr.
Hilliard carried 12 times for 65 yards and caught two of three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 20-16 preseason win over the Lions.
Hilliard gashed Detroit on the ground to the tune of 5.4 yards per carry, with a long gain of 22 yards. While he did most of his damage on the ground, he got into the end zone via a seven-yard reception in the second quarter. Hilliard is a strong candidate to begin the season as the Browns' top backup running back/change-of-pace option and has acquitted himself nicely during the team's exhibition slate.
Hilliard will suit up for Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hilliard sat out the previous two preseason games with a hamstring injury. With Kareem Hunt set to begin the regular season serving an eight-game suspension, Hilliard becomes someone to watch as the top backup in the Browns' backfield.
Hilliard (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
A few missed days of practice shouldn't cost Hilliard his likely role as Cleveland's No. 2 running back to start the season. The Browns' decision to trade Duke Johnson might even be interpreted as an implicit vote of confidence in Hilliard, who also is listed on the preseason depth chart as the top kick and punt returner. He won't see many carries behind Nick Chubb, but regular playing time on passing downs isn't out of the question.
Hilliard (leg) is off to the side with the training staff during Thursday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Spotted icing his leg toward the end of Wednesday's session, Hilliard appears in danger of missing Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis. With Duke Johnson traded to Houston and Kareem Hunt suspended for eight games, Hilliard has become the frontrunner to serve as Cleveland's No. 2 running back early in the season, potentially replacing Nick Chubb on passing downs. Furthermore, Hilliard is listed as the top kick and punt returner on Cleveland's preseason depth chart.
Hilliard ran for 19 yards on nine carries and added 34 yards on three catches during Thursday's 30-10 win over Washington. He lost a fumble during the contest.
Fresh off of news that Duke Johnson is headed to Houston, Hilliard showed some chemistry with Baker Mayfield, nabbing two passes for 28 yards on the team's opening drive. That goodwill was erased two series later with a goal-line fumble. Hilliard has a big opportunity to be Cleveland's No. 2 option, at least while Kareem Hunt serves his eight-game suspension, but ball security will be worth monitoring after Hilliard did not record a carry during his rookie season.
Hilliard could see added opportunities in Cleveland's backfield following the trade of Duke Johnson, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports.
Per Nick Shook of the Browns' official site, Hilliard's "offseason and training camp performances have helped elevate his standing within Cleveland's offense." With Johnson no longer in the mix and Kareem Hunt suspended for the first eight games of the regular season, Hilliard -- who possesses solid pass-catching ability -- now has a path to an early-season change-of-pace role behind Nick Chubb.
Hilliard could serve as the bridge to Kareem Hunt (suspension) if the Browns don't work things out with Duke Johnson, Steve Doerschuk of The Canton Repository reports.
With Johnson requesting a trade and skipping the voluntary offseason program, Hilliard has taken advantage of his opportunity to make a strong impression on new running backs coach Stump Mitchell. The second-year pro caught on with Cleveland as an undrafted rookie last season, logging 58 snaps on offense (nine catches, zero carries) and 149 on special teams. Hilliard's skill as a pass catcher would make him a natural complement to Nick Chubb early in the season while Hunt serves an eight-game suspension. It's possible Hilliard's strong performance at spring practices could make the Browns more willing to trade Johnson.
Hilliard has been in the mix at kick returner during the Browns' offseason workouts, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
Hilliard rarely saw action on offense in 2018, playing 58 snaps in 11 games while failing to earn any carries or receptions. He made a bigger impact on special teams, taking back 11 kicks for 264 yards. He'll face competition for kick-return duties from Antonio Callaway, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi and D'Ernest Johnson.
While Hilliard didn't receive a carry, Hilliard caught nine of 10 targets for 105 yards in 2018.
Hilliard joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent this past offseason and was eventually promoted to the practice squad in early October. He was used mostly on special teams, but the rookie showed his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield when he caught four passes for 40 yards against the Texans in Week 13. He'll likely fight for a roster spot in 2019.
Hilliard caught both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Panthers.
Though Hilliard played just four snaps on offense, he still managed to catch two passes. This comes on the heels of a four-catch performance in Week 13. He's become more involved in the offense over the past few weeks and could continue to see more work.
Hilliard caught all four of his targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 29-13 loss to the Texans.
Usually a role designed for Duke Johnson, Hilliard made his mark as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, setting career highs in catches and yards. The rookie out of Tulane had recorded just two catches prior to Sunday's matchup and is still in search of his first NFL carry.
Hilliard didn't carry the ball, but he caught his only target for 24 yards during Sunday's 33-18 loss to Pittsburgh.
Hilliard played just eight fewer snaps on offense than Duke Johnson and managed to haul in his first NFL pass. However, unless Johnson and/or Carlos Hyde go down with injury, Hilliard's involvement in the offense doesn't figure to change.
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