Peyton Hillis was forced out of Wednesday’s practice with a small injury to his hamstring. According to Pat Shurmur, the Browns took Hillis out for precautionary measures, but will not know the full extent of his issues until he gets back on the field in the coming days.
If Cleveland decides to give Hillis a shortened role in their contest against the Lions on Friday night, Brandon Jackson will likely fill the void with the first string offense. Jackson was not highlighted with the first-stringers during the Browns contest against the Green Bay Packers last week, but has been the focus of many media reports linking the Browns West Coast offense.
Jackson is expected to be a huge contributor to the Browns offense in 2011, but will be second string if Hillis is 100% healthy. Last season, Jackson played in 13 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2010, but was a non-factor during the playoffs as James Starks took over the starting role.
Jackson had eight carries for 28 yards against the Packers while tallying one reception.