Buccaneers using backs Peyton Hillis and Brian Leonard are competing for a backup pursuit behind second-year starter Doug Martin, and both got their opportunities in a Tampa Bay preseason detriment to a Ravens on Thursday night.
While Leonard did some good work, rushing 6 times for 23 yards and a touchdown, Hillis’ night finished after only 4 carries following a helmet to a knee by Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson that knocked Hillis out of a game.
Reportedly, though, his damage isn’t critical as Bucs insider Jenna Laine reports that a diagnosis is a hyperextended knee that shouldn’t keep Hillis out for long.
“That’s a shame,” manager Greg Schiano pronounced after a diversion and before he knew Hillis’ diagnosis. “He and Brian Leonard unequivocally did a good job. We’re looking for that abyss behind Doug, so that’s a positive. But let’s wish he’s well.”
On a night, Hillis rushed for 13 yards.
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