- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Six-year NFL veteran Lex Hilliard is still recovering from a shoulder injury that cost him the 2013 season with the New York Jets, but he’s not ready to walk away from the game he loves.

Hilliard says he still hopes to play again. In the meantime, he’s coaching running backs and special teams at Flathead High School in Kalispell, where he set rushing records from 2000-02.

First-year coach Kyle Samson tells the Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/1kVbnXA ) that Hilliard is a hero around Kalispell and he’s happy to have the former University of Montana All-American join him on the sidelines. He says he can also learn a lot from Hilliard and his NFL experience.

Hilliard broke two bones in his shoulder during Jets training camp last year and while his rehabilitation is over, he says he hasn’t been medically cleared to play. Hilliard coached his son’s third-grade football team last fall.