Originally written on Dawg Pound Daily  |  Last updated 12/30/11
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Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has had one of the most bizarre seasons in recent memory. From sitting out a game due to strep throat to messy contract negotiations to a nagging hamstring injury that kept him out for five straight games, this has been a season to forget for Hillis. But could it all really stem from the dreaded Madden curse? At the beginning of the season, it was certainly something to scoff at. There was no way it would happen to the “Madden NFL 12″ cover boy – the big, bruising back would surely build on his 2010 campaign, in which he rushed for 1,177 yards with 11 touchdowns, adding 477 receiving yards and two extra touchdowns. But after the season he had, did Hillis starting buying into the curse? Apparently so. “No doubt about it,” Hillis finally admitted Thursday. “Things haven’t worked to my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.” With the way his season has gone, it’s hard not t...
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