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Giants Sign Running Back Peyton Hillis

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18: Runningback Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Giants are adding another super-sized veteran running back to the offense ahead of Monday night’s meeting with Minnesota.

Peyton Hillis the 6-1, 240-pound battering-ram was apparently the favorite of the three backs Big Blue worked out this week: Hillis and ex-Giants DJ Ware and Ryan Torain.

Hillis is newest face in the Giants backfield carousel, and was, at least for one season, an extremely productive runner. His best season came in 2010 for Cleveland, a breakout 1,177 yards on the ground and 11rushing TD’s. He followed that with back to back seasons of far less production with the Browns and Chiefs, and was cut from the Buccaneers roster in the pre-season.

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David Wilson, who when healthy would be the team’s feature back, is still out with a neck injury and the timetable for his return to uniform, or even practice is still up in the air.

Brandon Jacobs returned to the team just a few weeks ago and had his best performance in a Week 6 loss to the Bears, 106 rushing yards, but injured his hamstring during the game. It appears he’ll be ready for the Vikings game, but who knows how hard he’ll be able to push that hammy.

Andre Brown, who suffered a broken leg in the team’s preseason finale still isn’t ready to return to action yet.

And, Da’Rel Scoty has now been cut loose by the Giants for the second time in the last three weeks. After being waived initially, he came back for the Bears game, only to strain his hamstring and get wavied again this week.

The 0-6 Giants – can you believe they’re still winless? – host the 1-4 Vikings on Monday Night Football in Minnesota. Coverage of Westwood One’s radio broadcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. on WIBX950 on Monday.

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