Peyton Hillis met with the media after Monday's practice. The Madden '12 video game featuring Hillis on the cover comes out Monday night. Here's what the Browns running back had to say about it.
(On if he has any new feelings with Madden being released tonight)- "No, just because we are in the middle of football now and the regular season is in a couple of weeks. We have our last preseason game. I am more focused on that right now instead of the game."
(On seeing his face on the Madden cover)- "It's exciting. I've been very blessed and I am kind of speechless at times, but you never can lose focus. You never can stay enough humbled. You just have to go out there and do what you can. I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had, but it's time to move on and get focused on more important things."
(On if him and Montario Hardesty will be in the backfield at the same time)- "You know I don't. I just know both of us will do the best we can if we are healthy. Whatever playing time that means for any of us, we will go out there and do our best. If that means splitting carries or more carries for one or the other then that's what it has to be, but whatever helps the team win ball games."
(On coach Shurmur believing in the running game already)- "You know it's great because coach Shurmur is a great man, good coach and definitely a player's coach. We respond really well to him and just because he says that doesn't mean anything to us. I know me and the offensive line are really focusing on this running game. We always have to. We are in the toughest division in the NFL, so we will take that standpoint and we have to work ahead and do the best we can."
(On his level of confidence for playing in the opener)- "I am completely confident I will be ready for the opener, no doubt. The way that my rehab has been progressing and how I felt today doing some of the things I did. The game is a week and a half away, so the way I have been improving tells me I will be ready for next week."
(On the defensive backs performing well today in practice with him and Usama Young returning)- "I think we have been doing really well this last week or so. Like I said, we are just trying to ease it back with me and Usama both having hamstring injuries. You don't want to rush something like that because you can easily re-injure it. We are just easing back into practice and every day we will do a little bit more."
(On being worried about getting rhythm down with Usama Young)- "It's going to be one of our main goals, to get that continuity down, but you still have Mike (Adams) out there. So, we are really not completely sure on what two safeties will be out there. Between the three of us, we just have to make sure our cohesion is down and our communication is good."
(On being cautious coming back)- "Yeah, that's the one thing with a hamstring you don't want to go out there and just go full speed ahead. I have to take several precautions beforehand. I need to get a good warm up and make sure I do take it slow, because if I do go out there and go all out, it will be even worse. That's one of the things I am trying to do going out and getting the warm ups going through the individual drills. It's just a startup and I probably could of done a little bit more today, but I said let me put the brakes on and be smart with it."
(On if it's difficult trying to get a starting job while being injured)- "It is, it's very difficult. I have to take as many mental reps as possible and go through the walk-through and try to make the adjustments going through a walk-through speed and jog-through speed. But, at the same time, I know that once I get out there I am just going to have to go all out like I always do."