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Bucs release RB Peyton Hillis

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released running back Peyton Hillis, the team confirmed Saturday.

Hillis, who had signed with the Bucs prior to training camp, burst onto the national scene with the Cleveland Browns after rushing for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010.

The running back hadn't seen any action this season. The Bucs have an open roster spot heading into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.