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Fantasy News: Hillis’ Status Unknown

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Peyton Hillis runs by Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Peyton Hillis runs by Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns running back Peyton Hillis has an injured left hamstring, and coach Pat Shurmur does not know how long he will be sidelined.

Hillis was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s 24-17 loss at Oakland. On Monday, Hillis underwent an MRI, which revealed the injury.

Shurmur did not provide any specifics on Hillis’ injury.

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Because of a miscommunication, Hillis’ injury was not reported by the Browns until the second half Sunday, leading to speculation he was being benched by Shurmur. However, Shurmur said he was told in the first quarter by Cleveland’s training staff that Hillis, who missed a game earlier this season with strep throat, could only play in an emergency situation.

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Shurmur also said Hillis was not on the trading block. The NFL’s trading deadline is Tuesday.

Also, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita sustained a concussion.

Shurmur does not know when Fujita will be back.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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