Giants back Peyton Hillis injures ankle in practice

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Giants suffered another blow in the running back position after Peyton Hillis injured his ankle during practice Tuesday.

“It’s an ankle/foot kind of thing,” coach Tom Coughlin described the injury, which the Giants officially called a “sprained ankle”.

Hillis, who was promoted to second on the depth chart after David Wilson was placed on injured reserve Monday, is hopeful of an early recovery.

“The way they talk, if I rest it and get treatment on it, hopefully I’ll be back as soon as possible,” Hillis said.

The Giants have Rashad Jennings as the starting running back, then there’s Hillis and three inexperienced backups in Andre Williams, Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins.

Hillis rushed for 36 yards on seven carries in the team’s preseason opener against the Bufallo Bills.

Williams, the NCAA’s leading rusher last year at Boston College and third on the depth chart, was impressive against the Bills.

Coughlin indicated the team will not sign another running back at this point but noted that the team’s two fullbacks, Henry Hynoski and John Conner, could play running back, too.

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