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Peyton Hillis Out: Browns Running Back To Miss Week 3 Due To Illness

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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2010, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis runs against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) | AP

CLEVELAND -- Browns running back Peyton Hillis has strep throat and will not play against Miami.

Hillis was sent home sick with a high fever before practice on Friday. He came to the stadium Sunday before leaving a few hours before kickoff against the Dolphins. Hillis, who rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, will be replaced in the starting lineup Sunday by Montario Hardesty.

Hardesty missed all of last season following knee surgery. He has eight carries for just 19 yards this season. Last week, he had just one yard on three carries and fumbled once.

Hillis scored two touchdowns last week in a win at Indianapolis. He is currently in negotiations with the Browns on a contract extension.

Also, Browns right tackle Tony Pashos is sitting out his third game with a foot injury. Artis Hicks is making his second straight start and Oneil Cousins will likely rotate in on some plays.

Dolphins starting cornerback Vontae Davis is inactive and will be replaced by Nolan Carroll, who will make his second career start. This is the first game Davis has missed in his three NFL seasons.

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