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Struggling Giants Sign Running Back Peyton Hillis

Hillis Was Active For Just 1 Game For The Bucs In 2013
Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against cornerback Marcus Gilchrist #38 of the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on November 1, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against cornerback Marcus Gilchrist #38 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 1, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Giants signed running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday.

With only one halfback healthy — rookie Michael Cox — the Giants held some open tryouts on Tuesday in an effort to add some depth and maybe catch lightning in a bottle.

The 27-year-old has played for the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs and Buccaneers. Hillis was active for just one game for the Bucs in 2013 — he didn’t have any carries or catches — before being released on September 21.

Throughout his career, the sixth-year player has been named a Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (2008), a FedEx Ground Player of the Week (2008, 2010) and an AFC Offensive Player of the Week (2010).

He was also on the cover of “Madden NFL 12.

The 6-foot-2, 251-pounder rushed for 309 yards on 85 carries in 13 games for the Chiefs in 2012, scoring a touchdown. He also caught 10 passes for 62 yards.

It’s very ugly for the Giants at the running-back position right now.

The No. 1 back, David Wilson, is out with a neck injury. Da’Rel Scott is dealing with a bad hamstring and Brandon Jacobs, who turned back the clock against the Bears in Week 6, is questionable with a tweaked left hamstring.

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