Embattled running back Peyton Hillis' star turn in Cleveland is apparently coming to an end as the once popular star has now fallen out of favor in the Browns' locker room and with management.
Declared out for Sunday after being downgraded from questionable after aggravating his recurring hamstring injury, Hillis isn't in the Browns' plans going forward, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Per the report, the Browns won't attempt to sign Hillis as a free agent and will let him leave unless things change dramatically.
Negotiations toward a long-term deal have been shut down.
"It's one thing after another, and what's been out there isn't even the half of it," a source told the newspaper.
Hillis is likely to miss the next two games in a row after straining his left hamstring.
Hillis grabbed the back of his leg, slammed the ball to the ground and threw his helmet in frustration.
Chris Ogbonnaya will start and Thomas Clayton will back him up against the Houston Texans.
Teammates staged an intervention with Hillis this week, calling him out about incidents that have included skipping a charity event he was scheduled to attend, throwing the football at a goalpost before a game when he was already injured and not playing in a game due to strep throat on his agent's advice. "Yes, it did get on some people's nerves that he was throwing balls when he was injured," quarterback Seneca Wallace told the Plain Dealer. "But at the end of the day, it's his last name on the back of his jersey, and he has to decide how he wants to represent himself."
Plus, Hillis went to Arkansas to get married rather than continue to get treatment for his injured leg.
Most players tend to personal business like getting married during a bye week or the offseason.
"Of course we're going to be a little upset if Peyton's not in there getting his treatment," Wallace said. "We're a team, and we rely on each other. But if he felt he wanted to go get married that day, that's his business. You never really know what a person is going through. You don't know what type of influences a person might have. I don't know the stuff that Peyton has going on in his life." Wallace rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, becoming the toast of Cleveland. Now, the perception is that success has gone to his head.
"I think everybody's noticed a little bit of a change in him, but he could have some family issues or something," said Wallace. "Maybe his priorities have changed. We have a whole new staff, so a lot of things have changed. Maybe some of it's overblown."
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