Browns RB Peyton Hillis out again with injury

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns running back Peyton Hillis is officially out for Sunday's game in Houston after re-injuring his hamstring in practice.

Hillis was downgraded from questionable to out on the team's injury report Saturday, one day after the beleaguered back aggravated a strained left hamstring on a running play during the portion of practice open to reporters. Hillis underwent an MRI and returned to the team's training facility with his leg heavily wrapped.

This will be the third straight game Hillis has missed. Along with his injuries, a contract dispute and other off-field issues, Hillis has been a distraction for the Browns (3-4), who may be willing to let him leave after the season as a free agent.

Hillis rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He had hoped to get a long-term contract from the club.