CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Nick Chubb has already missed the required three games under the NFL’s new injured reserve rules, and with one game remaining before the bye week (Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders), it’s possible that the Browns' top running back could return in time for the next game, November 15th against the Houston Texans.
“That is a possibility, yes,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Wednesday.
That would fall in line with the projected six-week recovery window following Chubb’s MCL injury in Week 4 against the Cowboys. The Browns' bye week falls in Week 9, on November 8th.
Chubb had rushed for 335 yards on 57 carries before being injured in the second quarter of that win down in Dallas.
In his absence, Kareem Hunt has carried much of the workload, with D’Ernest Johnson backing him up. Hunt rushed 18 times for 76 yards in the recent win over the Bengals, but also caught four passes, including a key 4th-quarter touchdown. Equally as important, he’s started to show the explosiveness that earned him a rushing title with the Chiefs in 2017.
“I think he is feeling pretty good, as good as you can feel on a Wednesday after 21 touches or whatever it was," Stefanski said. "That is what Kareem does. He makes plays. He breaks tackles. He runs through tackles. He provides great leadership on the sideline. He was fighting for extra yards, and that is just the person he is and that is the player he is. I know that fires up the offense, and I know that fires up the entire team.”