Breaking: Peyton Hillis OUT, Montario Hardesty to Start

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18: Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns is congratulated by Colt McCoy #12 after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Not too long ago, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported that running back Peyton Hillis got in his car and left the stadium. After that, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed that Hillis is out for Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins. On Friday, it had been reported that Hillis came down with strep throat, but the team was hoping he could still give it a go.

Backup Montario Hardesty will make his first career start against the Dolphins. Hypothetically, the Browns should not be screwed at running back now, because expectations were high last year for the team's second-round draft pick. With the injury last year and Hillis getting the workload through two games this year, Hardesty hasn't had the opportunity to showcase his talents. His time is now.

Backing up Hardesty will be rookie Armond Smith, who has yet to carry the ball in the regular season. Interesting thought -- the Browns could utilize fullback Owen Marecic at running back and put tight end Alex Smith in at fullback for a couple of plays.

Gamethread will be posted in a couple of minutes.

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