Friday, August 19, 2011
Peyton Hillis (hamstring) likely to sit out
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CLEVELAND -- Browns running back Peyton Hillis is not expected to play against Detroit because of a hamstring injury.
Hillis tweaked his leg during practice Wednesday and the Browns announced before Friday's exhibition he was one of the players unlikely to play. Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards last season, his first with Cleveland.
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is being kept out of the game as a precaution because of a bruised shoulder.
Johnson was not initially listed among Detroit's inactives, but the team announced he would sit shortly before Friday's opening kickoff. Maurice Stovall will start in Johnson's place.
Johnson got hurt in last week's 34-3 win over Cincinnati. He practiced twice this week and it was assumed he would play in Detroit's second preseason game. He had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals.
The Browns also are without starting left guard Eric Steinbach. He left practice earlier in the week when his back tightened. Also, safety T.J. Ward (hamstring), linebackers Scott Fujita (thigh) and Chris Gocong (stinger) and tight end Ben Watson (hamstring) are not playing.
The Lions are without starting cornerback Chris Houston (groin) and offensive tackle Jeff Backus (chest). Tight end Tony Scheffler is out after cutting his hand in practice and getting stitches.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.