Peyton Hillis finds his status once again up in the air. Its not that darned strep throat again. It is the hamstring again. Hillis re-aggrivated his hamstring in practice this morning and is now questionable to play this weekend vs the Houston Texans. The guys discuss the merit of the Madden Curse, playing at less than 100%, and the inherent difficulties faced by players in contract years. One thing we know for certain is that he is not endearing himself to team President, Mike Holmgren and the rest of the Browns brass.

Peyton Manning’s has new dragons to slay. As if a surgically fused neck were not enough, former NFL star Phil Simms is trying to boost the ratings of this program Inside the NFL by making outrageous claims about Manning and then having his feelings hurt that Manning doesn’t watch his program. Simms claimed on Showtime’s Inside the NFL last week that if Indy owns the #1 pick in April’s draft, “there is no way” Manning would let them pick Stanford’s, Andrew Luck. Manning said, “I don’t watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don’t think watch that show.’ (He was) giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited.”

New Orleans Saints have a very good question for the League office. Why is Josh Freeman not on the injury report. According to an report, the Bucs got a call from the NFL “strongly suggesting” that Freeman be added to the report after the quarterback showed up on NFL Network’s “Around the League” on Wednesday wearing a brace on his throwing hand. Bucs coach Raheem Morris said, via the St. Petersburg Times, when asked about Freeman’s injury. “Ask the Saints, I guess they reported it, you can ask those guys. That’s why we reported it, because the league asked us to. He sprained it in the Chicago game, came in and practiced during the bye week, and didn’t miss anything this week. … We had to report it and tell you guys … because the league has to have something to talk about, so we’re talking about it.”