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Browns' Hillis comes down with case of strep throat, fever

Peyton Hillis missed practice on Friday with an illness, and now we have more details.

The Browns running back has come down with strep throat and a high fever, the Plain Dealer reported on Saturday.

The team is hopeful its leading rusher will suit up for a home matchup against the winless Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He is officially listed as questionable.

Hillis came to practice Friday feeling ill and was sent home to drink fluids and rest. He's on antibiotics and is not considered contagious.

Montario Hardesty took the first-team reps on Friday and will start Sunday if needed.

"He just wasn't feeling well," said Browns coach Pat Shurmur. "It just happens this time of year, so we felt the best course of action was just to send him home. We'll see how he's doing, but whatever it is, we don't feel like it's going to affect him on Sunday. My thoughts are that he'll be there."

Strep throat is the type of thing that knocks you out of fourth grade for a week -- we're not convinced it takes down Hillis in Week 3. Remember, this is a good ol' boy who pulls trucks around his neighborhood for fun. But feel free to insert your "Madden" cover jinx quip here anyway.

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