Peyton Hillis Should Shut Up About Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns

Jeremy Sickel@ IIIDecember 7, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 02: Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes for a first down against linebacker James Anderson #50 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half on December 2, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City defeated Carolina 27-21. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs are on the road this week against the Cleveland Browns, where head coach Romeo Crennel, quarterback Brady Quinn and running back Peyton Hillis will square off against their former team.

In an otherwise uninteresting matchup, however, the back and forth between Hillis and Browns left tackle Joe Thomas could lend itself to some must-see football come Sunday—or at the very least, a tussle or two.

Though the two won't be on the field at the same time, the comments by Thomas on Hillis creating a "toxic" environment in the locker room in regard to his contract status in Cleveland are more than likely an extension of how other Browns players feel too.

While firing back is the natural reaction, Hillis should probably just let this one slide—especially after exclaiming that Thomas should "get over it" himself. Not to mention that he has hardly provided much for a team that sits with a 2-10 record heading into Sunday's game.

Maybe Hillis is willing to throw words around since he knows he can't back it up on the field; or maybe Thomas' claims are indeed true and Hillis is the one that can't get over not inking his own hefty contract.

Either way, causing a stir within his new locker room—one that certainly needs no more negative light in the wake of the Jovan Belcher tragedy—could further highlight the off-putting reputation that he has built in Cleveland.

If Hillis doesn't care how he is perceived, he will have no qualms in keeping this verbal row sham bow with Thomas going. If he actually wants to prove that he only wants to go about his business on the field, the best thing for him to do is to just let it go.

Sunday's game is guaranteed to be filled with emotions. If Hillis can bottle his up and use that as fuel to help the Chiefs win, that is the best way to help Thomas "get over it."


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