Dontrell Hilliard

Dontrell Hilliard

Running Back #26
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 205 lb.
College:Tulane
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Dontrell Hilliard: Inks deal with Browns

Hilliard (knee) will remain with the Browns after the team placed a contract tender on the exclusive rights free agent.

Analysis: Hilliard was injured in Week 16's game against the Ravens with the knee injury and wasn't able to finish out the season. The 25-year-old was used sparingly in 2019, rushing for 49 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. With Nick Chubb under contract and Kareem Hunt retained Monday, Hilliard appears in line for a depth role again in 2020.

March 16, 2020 3:13 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Out for season

Hilliard (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Hilliard suffered the injury in Week 16's loss to the Ravens. He finishes the season with 13 rushing attempts for 49 yards and two touchdowns to go with 12 catches on 15 targets for 92 yards. The 24-year-old also amassed 528 return yards.

December 24, 2019 10:22 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Done for day

Hilliard (knee) won't return to Sunday's game against the Ravens, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hilliard was forced to leave the game after a low hit from Marcus Peters, and the injury is serious enough to keep him out. D'Ernest Johnson should continue to see No. 3 running back reps, with Tavierre Thomas to handle kick return duties. Expect the team to have specifics on the injury in the coming days.

December 22, 2019 12:13 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Leaves Sunday's game

Hilliard (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hilliard was flipped by Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters shortly after making a catch and immediately grabbed his knee. He left the game late in the second quarter, and as long as he's sidelined, look for D'Ernest Johnson to see No. 3 running back reps, and Tavierre Thomas to handle kick return duties.

December 22, 2019 11:31 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Cleared to play vs. BAL

Hilliard (neck) is active Week 16 against the Ravens.

Analysis: Hilliard is back in the mix after being listed as a limited practice participant all week, and while he's healthy and presumably in line to take on kick return duties, his role has been limited almost exclusively to special teams since the return of Kareem Hunt. The second-year back hasn't logged double-digit snaps on offense since Week 9.

December 22, 2019 8:39 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Questionable Week 16

Hilliard has a neck injury and is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old has been a limited practice participant this week after apparently picking up the injury during the Week 15 loss to the Cardinals. Tavierre Thomas would likely take over kick return duties should Hilliard be unable to suit up.

December 20, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Notches two receptions

Hilliard caught two of three targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 32-28 loss to Seattle. He added 102 yards on two kick returns.

Analysis: Hilliard nearly took the opening kickoff to the house Sunday, breaking off a 74-yard return. He wasn't quite as dynamic on offense, where he has just one game of at least 20 total yards. Hilliard has two touchdowns in just 12 touches, but is playing behind a bell cow back in Nick Chubb with Kareem Hunt (suspension) set to enter the fold after just two more games. In the meantime, Hilliard and the Browns take on the league's second-ranked defense, the Patriots, in Week 8 following the bye.

October 15, 2019 9:13 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: More involved, scores TD

Hilliard had a combined 54 yards and scored a rushing touchdown in Sunday's 40-25 win over the Ravens in Week 4.

Analysis: On the surface, it looks Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken followed through on his statement to Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site earlier this week to get Hilliard more involved Week 4. After playing just one offensive snap last week, the second-year back carried six times for 27 yards and added another 27 yards through the air, catching two of three targets. However, five of his six snaps and his touchdown came on the Browns final drive as they were up by two scores late and finished off the victory. This is still a backfield very much dominated by Nick Chubb.

September 30, 2019 3:24 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Healthy for Week 3

Hilliard has been cleared from the concussion protocol, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: D'Ernest Johnson filled in as Nick Chubb's backup in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets, catching three of four targets for 42 yards and adding three carries for eight yards. Hilliard figures to step back into the role for Week 3 against the Rams, likely getting most of his playing time in passing situations.

September 18, 2019 8:01 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Ruled out for Week 2

Hilliard (concussion) won't play in Monday's game versus the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hilliard only had one carry in Week 1 versus the Titans, but it was a four-yard touchdown run that stole fantasy points from Nick Chubb owners. With Hilliard's absence, D'Ernest Johnson will work as the Browns' backup to Chubb, and Johnson isn't expected to have an established role, either.

September 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Misses another practice

Hilliard (concussion) didn't practice again Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hilliard has one more chance to return to practice before the Browns' final Week 2 injury report is released, but if he's unavailable Monday night, look for D'Ernest Johnson to be the team's top option on kick returns against the Jets, as well as Nick Chubb's backup at running back.

September 13, 2019 2:11 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Misses practice Thursday

Hilliard (concussion) isn't practicing Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hilliard still has some time to gain medical clearance to play Monday night against the Jets but if that doesn't happen, D'Ernest Johnson would be next up for the Browns' running back touches that don't go to starter Nick Chubb.

September 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Not ready for practice

Hilliard (concussion) isn't participating in Tuesday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: The Browns won't release their first Week 2 practice report until Thursday, but Hilliard looks like he might not be ready to log even limited participation at that point while he works through the NFL's five-phase concussion protocol. Even a return to practice by the end of the week wouldn't ensure Hilliard's availability for the Monday night matchup with the Jets, as he'll need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up for the contest. If Hilliard ends up sitting out Week 2, D'Ernest Johnson would step in as the top backup to starting running back Nick Chubb.

September 10, 2019 8:29 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Won't return Sunday

Hilliard (concussion) is ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Titans, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hilliard will turn his attention towards clearing the league's concussion protocol. Prior to exiting Sunday's contest Hilliard logged racked up four yards and a touchdown on his sole carry, while catching one of his two targets for 14 yards.

September 8, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Possible concussion

Hilliard is being evaluated for a possible concussion, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from Sunday's game against the Titans, Hilliard turned his lone carry into a four-yard TD and caught one of his two targets for 14 yards. As long as he's on the sideline, D'Ernest Johnson is next up for running back snaps behind starter Nick Chubb.

September 8, 2019 12:23 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Top returnman

Hilliard is expected to return punts and kicks Week 1 against the Titans, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Special teams coach Mike Priefer said fellow running back D'Ernest Johnson may also get some chances behind Hilliard. If the Browns need a big play late in the game, Priefer said he will consider using Jarvis Landry or Odell Beckham Jr.

September 5, 2019 6:05 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Generates 78 scrimmage yards

Hilliard carried 12 times for 65 yards and caught two of three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 20-16 preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: Hilliard gashed Detroit on the ground to the tune of 5.4 yards per carry, with a long gain of 22 yards. While he did most of his damage on the ground, he got into the end zone via a seven-yard reception in the second quarter. Hilliard is a strong candidate to begin the season as the backup running back and has acquitted himself nicely during the exhibition slate.

August 29, 2019 9:19 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: To play Thursday

Hilliard will suit up for Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hilliard sat out the previous two preseason games with a hamstring injury. With Kareem Hunt set to begin the regular season serving an eight-game suspension, Hilliard becomes someone to watch as the top backup in the Browns' backfield.

August 27, 2019 5:26 PM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Returns from hamstring issue

Hilliard (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: A few missed days of practice shouldn't cost Hilliard his likely role as Cleveland's No. 2 running back to start the season. The Browns' decision to trade Duke Johnson might even be interpreted as an implicit vote of confidence in Hilliard, who also is listed on the preseason depth chart as the top kick and punt returner. He won't see many carries behind Nick Chubb, but regular playing time on passing downs isn't out of the question.

August 20, 2019 7:50 AM EST

Dontrell Hilliard: Dealing with leg injury

Hilliard (leg) is off to the side with the training staff during Thursday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Spotted icing his leg toward the end of Wednesday's session, Hilliard appears in danger of missing Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis. With Duke Johnson traded to Houston and Kareem Hunt suspended for eight games, Hilliard has become the frontrunner to serve as Cleveland's No. 2 running back early in the season, potentially replacing Nick Chubb on passing downs.

August 15, 2019 1:05 PM EST

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