The news wasn’t good for Nick Chubb, but the worst-case scenario was avoided.
The Browns running back suffered an impact to his knee during Monday night’s game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh and tore his MCL. According to a report by ESPN Saturday.
But the silver lining, according to the paper, is that Chubb’s injury is not career-ending.
ESPN reported that doctors said Chubb’s anterior cruciate ligament was stretched during the game but has not been torn, and he expects recovery to take six to eight months.
Chubb was seriously injured when he was hit low by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, but ESPN did not report the injury.
While some criticized the hit as “dirty,” Fitzpatrick defended the tackle that ended Chubb’s season this week.
“I’m chippy. Of course I’m edgy, but I’m not a dirty player. I’m not going to sit here and defend my character. I know what type of player I am. Chubb knows what type of player I am,” Fitzpatrick told reporters on Thursday. “I’ve played against him many times before.
“Twice a year for five years. I love competing with him. He brings out the best in me and I bring out the best in him.”
With Chubb out, the Browns announced they would use Jerome Ford as their feature back, but also brought back Kareem Hunt to shore up the backfield.
Hunt spent the past four years with the Browns, but reportedly did not sign him after the 2022 season because Cleveland thought his “speed” had diminished.
By losing Chubb, the Browns will lose a running back who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last four seasons.
The four-time Pro Bowler has 170 rushing yards and 21 receiving yards in two games this year.
The Browns will face the Titans on Sunday at 1 p.m.