EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Normally, the New York Giants would have had plenty of time to get halfback Peyton Hillis ready for the rigors of the regular season.
There would be at least a couple of weeks of practice, a few carries in a game and eventually the chance to carry the load. This isn't one of those times for the Giants (1-6).
With David Wilson (neck) and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) sidelined, Hillis is the Giants' running game, ready or not.
Signed last week, Hillis was forced to run 18 times and handle the majority of snaps in the Giants 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
The bruises on his back Friday were evidence of the pounding, and Sunday he'll have to face Philadelphia (3-4).
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