Hillis defends himself on question of toughness

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis defending his toughness and the decision not to play last Sunday against the Miam Dolphins due to strep throat.

"The people that really care about me, and want the best for me would understand," Hillis told The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. "And the people that don't, then they don't. But I can't control that. And I'm going to do what's best for me at that point. If it's going to jeopardize my health in that situation, I'm going to take my own career and my own life in my own hands and do the best I can."

Browns postgame analysts Bob Golic and Hanford Dixon, both former Browns players, had questioned the decision on their Browns postgame TV show.

Hillis said he had lost 10 to 12 pounds last week due to the illness and said he actually slept through the first three-and-a-half quarters of the game against the Dolphins. (What's the problem there? Lots of other viewers probably slept through it too.)

Nonetheless, Hillis says he is fine and will be ready for Sunday's game when the 2-1 Browns host the 2-1 Tennessee Titans.

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