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Giants’ Peyton Hillis Has Been Sidelined with Muscle Strain; Determined to Make Impact in 2014

June 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Running back Peyton Hillis reported to the New York Giants in tremendous shape — perhaps the best shape of his entire career. It was enough to draw praise from head coach Tom Coughlin, but not enough to prevent him from being sidelined with an early injury.

Hillis suffered a "muscle strain" late last week and has been riding the stationary bike ever since, missing all four Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices this week. And while he insists it's not big deal, he couldn't definitively say whether or not he'll be able to return by the start of next week's mandatory mini-camp.

"I think I did it around the first day of practice that we were out on the field and I played with it for a week and a half and strained it a little more this past Thursday," Hillis told The Star-Ledger. "But I’ve been getting better, been getting healthy, hopefully I’ll make it out by mini-camp."

Whether or not Hillis is able to take part in mini-camp, the veteran running back remains determined to make a larger impact here in 2014 and, perhaps, revitalize his career. However, that's not an easy task given the free agent addition of Rashad Jennings, the optimism surrounding David Wilson's return and the selection of Andre Williams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Still, that's nothing new for Hillis, After all, he's spent his entire NFL career having to prove himself and earn snaps when no one was giving him a chance.

"That’s been the story ever since I got in the league. They always draft another back, you just have to go out there and do your best and hopefully things work out," Hillis said. "That’s the name of the game. I was born this way, this is what was put in front of me, this obstacle I have to overcome. Hopefully, God willing, I’ll do that."

Hillis has a tall order ahead of him — especially if he's sitting on the sideline with an injury — but for those who have not seen him yet this Spring, do not put anything past him. He showed up in Steve Weatherford-like shape and impressed early on.

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7 Responses to “Giants’ Peyton Hillis Has Been Sidelined with Muscle Strain; Determined to Make Impact in 2014”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    This is a guy who, for at least one season and a good part of another, HAS been an awfully good running back in the NFL. You can’t sleep on him. I think if we carry four backs he’ll probably be the fourth one (assuming Wilson returns). His chances to prove himself, though, will probably depend upon how quickly Williams picks things up. He, too, is a “power back” but with a lot more upside.

    But I’m hoping Hillis can make the team. His toughness, which is indisputable, is a very good thing to have. I like having a running back who will go out of his way to punish a tackler.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I know someone insisted otherwise, but my reports from OTAs suggest that Nassib looks pretty good and has made enormous progress (he also says the coaches have been really pleased with his progress and have made it clear that he’s come a long way but has a road to travel still).

  3.  G-MenFan says:

    This will be somewhat interesting. Michael Cox turns 26 in November. Two months later, Hillis turns 29. Cox was drafted; Hillis signed as a FA.
    First of all, Hillis is the better back. But he’s riding a bicycle.
    Michael Cox–I hear nothing about him. Nobody ever mentions “Michael Cox made a nice play in OTAs today”.

    All in all I’d say they’ll cut Cox and keep Hillis. He’s a better player right now, and that’s all I’d want in my 4th RB.

    •  Begiant says:

      Cox is already 26? How does PS eligibility work?…I wonder if we could stash him there for a season.

      •  G-MenFan says:

        There is a lot, but as it affects Cox:

        “Practice squads are considered to be for developmental purposes. Therefore, veterans are not eligible to be signed to the practice squad. In fact, players with more than one year of accrued NFL service are not eligible. Here is a closer look at the eligibility requirements.

        A player is eligible if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games.
        If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.
        A player is deemed to have served a season on the practice squad if he remains on the practice squad for at least three weeks. Players are eligible to be on the practice squad for two seasons.
        Players can be eligible for a third practice squad season if their team maintains no less than 53 players on the active/inactive list at all times.”

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