Hillis now wishes Michael Vick had beaten him in the Madden 12 cover vote. Following a breakout season of 1,177 rushing yards, 477 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns, Hillis had a dreadful year with just 717 total yards and three TDs. He sat out one game with strep throat (on the advice of his agent) and missed five more with a nagging hamstring injury, while at odds with the Browns over a new contract all season. As Hillis stated following the 2011 season: "Things didn't work in my favor this year. There's a few things that happened this year that made me believe in curses. Ain't no doubt about it."