Mangini: Browns RB Hillis should play despite missed practices

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis missed his second consecutive day of practice to rest sore ribs.

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Hillis was injured during Sunday's loss to Baltimore when Ravens safety Ed Reed drilled him on his second carry. Hillis, who has rushed for 1,164 yards this season, also sat out Monday's outdoor workout.

Browns coach Eric Mangini believes Hillis will be ready to play this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season finale.

The Steelers have the NFL's best rushing defense, and the Browns (5-10) need Hillis to play.

If Hillis can't go, Mike Bell will receive the bulk of carries. Bell, acquired in an October trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, gained a season-high 27 yards last week.

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