Hillis says he'll play Sunday: Browns RB Peyton Hillis (thigh) did not practice Friday but told reporters that he's "perfectly fine" and expects to start vs. the Falcons in Week 5. Hillis said he strained his thigh muscle running a go route in practice. Head coach Eric Mangini said that Hillis' thigh "shouldn't be an issue for the game," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
If healthy, the 250-pound bruiser will look to batter an Atlanta defense that ranks 11th in the NFL against the run (96.3 yards). Hillis, who has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the first four games to become the first Browns back to do that since Greg Pruitt had five in a row in 1975, faced the Falcons two years ago, while with Denver. He ran for 44 yards and two TDs on 10 carries. Even though the Falcons aren't giving up a ton of rushing yards per game, they've allowed 4.6 yards yards per carry, so Hillis has a good chance for another big performance. True, 37 of his 102 yards last week came in the final drive, when the Browns were running out the clock to preserve a three-point lead, but with a healthy Jerome Harrison not getting a single touch last week, Hillis has clearly become the go-to guy in the Browns offense. They'll keep him involved even if they fall behind, so you should keep him active as a No. 1 Fantasy RB. This thigh injury shouldn't stop him from playing on Sunday.