Giants RB Hillis out with foot injury

Running back Peyton Hillis #44 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Minnesota...

Running back Peyton Hillis #44 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin lost another running back Wednesday. Peyton Hillis, who was listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Rashad Jennings, is out indefinitely with an injury to his ankle/foot.

"It's a sprain, as far as I'm concerned," Coughlin said. "There is some language behind it. I think it's a sprain. The degree of which it takes to get him back out there, there's some speculation on that. I hope it's as fast as possible, but I don't know if that's the case."

Coughlin said he did not have a medical opinion available to project when Hillis might be ready to return.

The injury comes on the heels of the Giants losing former first-round pick David Wilson, who was placed on injured reserve with what doctors consider a career-ending injury. Wilson was told not to return to football after suffering a burner in his neck in training camp six months removed from spinal fusion surgery.

Jennings and fourth-round pick Andre Williams, who rushed for 48 yards on seven carries in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, will share the first-team work while Hillis is idle.

Michael Cox, a seventh-round pick in 2013, could also get into the mix. Coughlin said Wednesday the fallback plan for now would be using fullbacks John Conner and Henry Hynoski as ballcarriers, rather than signing another running back.

"Let's hope we don't lose another one today because that's the way this game goes," Coughlin said. "If you have one down at one position, that position gets it again. Let's hope we can practice today and not have that issue. Yeah, we do have... again, repeating myself, the fullbacks can play running back, too."


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