Palladino: Hillis, Borland Show NFL Concussions No Laughing Matter

CBS New York

By Ernie Palladino
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The Giants did Peyton Hillis a big favor when they cut him just prior to the free agent signing period.

Hillis had sat on injured reserve since Nov. 9 against Seattle with a concussion, thus ending his second straight season in that manner. Now a free agent, Hillis is reportedly ambivalent about resuming his career.

The third-string running back still had another year at nearly $950,000 left on his contract, but the Giant cut him to clear that salary cap space. Free agent finances loomed far above humanity in this move, but the Giants did indirectly give Hillis a chance to preserve his brain by taking away the one incentive — dollars — that keeps players coming back to a sport where every tackle is like a car crash.

Hillis will probably make the wise decision and hang it up, even if…

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