Eight Cleveland Browns veterans held an intervention with running back Peyton Hillis this week, Yahoo! Reports.
The meeting, which reportedly took place Wednesday, cleared the air between the players and Hillis on his perceived attitude issues this season, specifically about his contract status. The discussion was reportedly aimed to help the running back regain his focus.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” one Browns player told Yahoo! “Last year, Peyton was such a positive, inspirational force on our team – but now he’s like a different guy. It’s like he’s in a funk that he can’t get out of, and it’s killing us, because we really need him. And we’ve told him that. But we’re at the point where we just don’t know what to do.”
There has reportedly been a faction of Browns players who have felt that Hillis’ desire for a new contract has hurt the team’s cohesion. One specific instance where Hillis sat out a Sept. 25 game against the Miami Dolphins with strep throat particularly irked some teammates. The 25-year-old reportedly showed up several hours before the game and informed the team that he could not play, and went home before most of his teammates even arrived to the stadium. The former seventh round pick emerged from obscurity last year when in 16 games he rushed for 1177 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Browns. Last offseason he won a vote to appear on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden 12.