It was hard enough for Peyton Hillis to believe he went from being idle one week to the Giants’ starting running back and the main bell cow on football’s primetime stage the next. And he’s liable to get even more work on Sunday in Philadelphia, with Brandon Jacobs listed as doubtful for the NFC East matchup with the Eagles.
“It was shocking and surreal at the same time, because a week ago I wasn’t doing anything, and then I was on “Monday Night Football” carrying the ball,” said Hillis, who was signed off the street last Wednesday and started in Big Blue’s 23-7 victory over Minnesota. “I expect that [the soreness] is going to be here for a couple more weeks, but I have to work through it and try to produce.’’
Hillis got cut by the Buccaneers a month ago and was home in Tennessee when he got the call from the Giants. He carried 18 times for just 36 yards, caught five passes for 45 more and seems certain to start after Jacobs missed his third straight practice on Friday.