Head Coach Mike Shanahan just announced in his press conference that Peyton Hillis will be placed on injured reserve after tearing his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs.
Shanahan said it would be approximately an eight-week recovery for the rookie fullback.
This is another blow to the Broncos running back corps that has already seen four backs placed on IR — Anthony Alridge, Andre Hall, Michael Pittman and Ryan Torain.
Hillis had been playing well against the Chiefs, carrying eight times for 58 yards and a touchdown. He injured his hamstring while receiving a pass from Jay Cutler, leaping up high for the grab. As he came down with the ball, he landed with his leg fully extended, resulting in the tear.
He tore the hamstring a few inches off the bone, and Shanahan said that Hillis would be seeing a specialist to try and find out if the injury requires surgery. As of now, the team doesn’t believe that surgery will be required.
The rookie out of Arkansas had just won the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week awards for his 100+ yard performance against the Jets.
Shanahan also said that the team would be signing practice squad running back Cory Boyd to the active roster.
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com