Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chubb was carted off the field in the second quarter after being tackled by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Browns announced that Chubb suffered a knee injury, but did not provide any further details.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Chubb is believed to have torn multiple ligaments in his knee. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed that Chubb is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The loss of Chubb is a major blow to the Browns’ offense. Chubb is one of the best running backs in the NFL, and he was coming off a career-best season in 2022. Chubb rushed for 1,259 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022, and he was a key part of the Browns’ running game, which was one of the best in the league.
The Browns will now have to turn to their backup running backs, Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson. Hunt is a talented running back, but he has struggled with injuries in recent years. Johnson is a solid backup, but he is not the same caliber player as Chubb.
The Browns will also need to adjust their offensive game plan without Chubb. The Browns were a run-first team in 2022, but they may need to throw the ball more often in Chubb’s absence.
The loss of Chubb is a major setback for the Browns, but they still have a talented team. The Browns have a strong defense, and they have a young quarterback in Deshaun Watson who is still learning the offense. The Browns will need to rely on their other players to step up in Chubb’s absence, but they still have a chance to make the playoffs in 2023.