The Giants have signed Peyton Hillis as an insurance plan for their beleaguered backfield. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Struggling to find consistency in the running game, the Giants have signed former 1,000-yard rusher and Madden cover boy Peyton Hillis, according to FOX Sports 1's Mike Garafolo.
Hillis began the year with the Buccaneers but did not play for them before being cut on Sept. 21. He's also played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City. His best season came in 2010 with the Browns, when he ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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With starter David Wilson out with a neck injury and Andre Brown on the PUP list, the Giants have been relying on old standby Brandon Jacobs in the backfield. He ran for 106 yards against the Bears but is battling a hamstring injury and is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota.
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