The Browns were already without running back Nick Chubb on Sunday due to a calf injury. Now it looks like they lost Kareem Hunt as well.
Hunt suffered an apparent calf injury early in the fourth quarter in the Browns’ 37-14 loss to the Cardinals. He fell as the Browns tried to convert a fourth and four in the red zone.
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Hunt had to be helped off the pitch and couldn’t put weight on his right leg. He was transported off the field after hitting the sidelines and Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network has indicated that he will not return to the game.
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The Browns have yet to clarify the extent of Hunt’s injury, but it seems unlikely he will be able to prepare for the team’s Week 7 game against the Broncos, the bare minimum. Denver and Cleveland are scheduled to play on “Thursday Night Football”.
Hunt entered Sunday’s game after sustaining wrist and knee injuries that prevented him from training on Wednesday and Thursday. He recorded limited practice on Friday and Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has said he doesn’t want to overwork Hunt.
“I don’t want to kill Kareem,” Stefanski said.
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However, Chubb’s absence forced the Browns to rely heavily on Hunt, who scored 17 touches for 78 yards of scrum before coming away with the injury.
With Hunt out, Chubb would become a true workaholic, No.1 in Cleveland – if he is in good health. However, if Chubb can’t play on Thursday, the Browns will have to rely on players like D’Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton to carry the load in the short term.
Johnson had just two touches (one reach, one reception) for nine yards on Sunday while Felton caught two passes for 14 yards.