Michael Eisen on Giants.com reported today that the New York Football Giants have signed free agent running back Peyton Hillis to a contract, and the six-year veteran will begin practicing with the team tomorrow.
According to Eisen, "Hillis has played in 65 games with 33 starts. His career totals include 597 rushing attempts for 2,470 yards (4.1-yard avg.) and 21 touchdowns. Hillis’ longest run was a 48-yarder. He has also caught 111 passes for 867 yards (7.8-yard avg.) and three touchdowns. Hillis has returned 10 kickoffs and thrown three passes, completing one for 13 yards."
The signing of Hillis comes one day after New York waived/injured running back Da'Rel Scott. The G-men needed depth in the backfield since starter David Wilson went down with a neck injury two weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles. Recently the Giants signed veteran Brandon Jacobs, but he injured a hamstring in the loss to the Chicago Bears. Jacobs did rush for 106 yards in the Thursday night contest and averaged a stellar 4.8 yards per carry.
In practice on Monday, the only healthy running back was rookie seventh round draft pick Michael Cox. Cox has not seen time in the backfield, and his only appearances on the field have been on special teams.
Co-starting running back Andre Brown is still a few weeks away from coming of the injured reserve-eligible for return list, which will likely happen after New York's bye week.