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Setback? Peyton Hillis Sits Out of Thursday's Practice With Sore Hamstring

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I hoped things would be all fine-and-dandy with running back Peyton Hillis today after he participated in practice on Wednesday, but that isn't the case. Hillis did not practice on Thursday because his hamstring was sore after the workload he had in Wednesday's session. Head coach Pat Shurmur by no means ruled Hillis out, but his comments weren't as optimistic as they were Wednesday.

"I'm hopeful he does," said Shurmur, regarding whether Hillis would be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers. "But I can't say. We'll have to see 'cause he got a little sore from practicing (Wednesday). We'll have to see how he progresses the next couple of days."

Shurmur was also asked what Hillis' state of mind was with his hamstring acting up again. "I think he's hanging in there, taking this thing day-to-day, trying to get himself healthy, so that he can go out and play," said Shurmur. "I don't sense a frustration."

I won't worry until I hear that Hillis doesn't practice on Friday. It doesn't sound too out-of-the-ordinary that a hamstring would be sore after an increase in workload, so hopefully this ends up being nothing more than an isolated day of rest to continue easing Hillis back to full strength.