Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas once blocked and did all he could to protect Peyton Hillis from harm.
On Wednesday, he steamrolled his former teammate.
With Hillis coming to Cleveland this week as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Thomas unloaded on the bruising running back, saying he didn't always play hard and accused Hillis of putting his contract situation ahead of the team.
Thomas felt it was selfish behavior.
''It was a terrible distraction,'' Thomas said following practice. ''He crippled our offense. We were struggling to find anybody who could carry the ball after all the injuries we had. To have Peyton going through a contract dispute and basically refusing to play, it was a big distraction. But more than anything, he was our starting running back that was a good player who was going to help us be a successful offense.
''When he's not there and you don't have anybody to turn to, it makes it hard to win. And that's the distraction, it's not being successful.''