November 28, 2021

RB Nick Chubb OUT…Now What?

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 10: Running back Kareem Hunt #27 blocks for running back Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

It’s official that running back Nick Chubb will be out for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at First Energy Stadium Sunday, 4 pm. He is suffering from a calf injury.

Running back Kareem Hunt…it’s your move!

Yes, the Browns are going to have to rely on the backup running back in a full capacity now. Certainly, of all the backups a team could be stuck with, this one is a pretty good option.

In the five games thus far:

On 90 attempts, Chubb has 528 yards rushing (5.8 average) and five touchdowns. Hunt has 295 yards rushing (5.4 average) on 55 attempts. Receiving has Hunt with 17 catches for 149 yards. Chubb only has five catches for 35 yards. Neither has a receiving touchdown.

It’s clear that both running backs have had some type of success having to share the load. Both of them being in each of the five games thus far served as a stellar one-two punch; LIKE ROCKY BALBOA AND APOLLO CREED. It’ll be interesting to see how Hunt fairs without his counterpart in this upcoming game against the Cardinals.

The good news for the Browns is Arizona gives up 139 rushing yards a game and that ranks them 29th amongst all teams in the league. However, here are some questions to consider:

Will the Browns be able to have an offensive prowess minus such a dominant back in Nick Chubb?

How will the play-calling differ?

Can Chubb handle a full-game workload without splitting time?

These are some of the questions that fans are wondering about after the news came out. Ultimately, it’s better to hold out a player that is bothered by an injury than to push it in a regular-season game, cause more damage that could result in future games OUT.

Interestingly enough, Hunt is on the injury report as well with his wrist and knee bothering the now-starter. However, it looks like he will give it a go.

Lastly, running back Dernest Johnson may get a few carries to lighten the load for Hunt. Johnson only has two carries for nine yards on the season for the Browns.

 

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