Nick Chubb will be available for the Cleveland Browns this week, as the Browns star running back was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Cleveland will also have backup running back Demetric Felton in time for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, another added boost to the running back room.
Kareem Hunt is still on injured reserve with a calf injury, and is still projected to be out four to six weeks (Week 11 was the fourth week of his injury timeline). The Browns will have Hunt, Felton, and D’Ernest Johnson against a Lions defense that allows 135.7 rushing yards per game — the third-most in the NFL. Chubb and Felton missed Cleveland’s loss last week to the New England Patriots, a game which the Browns had just 99 rushing yards in the 45-7 blowout loss.
Chubb leads the NFL with 6.0 yards per carry, having 120 carries for 721 yards and six touchdowns. He’s averaging 103 rushing yards per game, pacing a Browns run offense that ranks first in the NFL in rushing yards (1,541), rushing average (5.26) and rushes of 10-plus yards (49). The Browns are also tied for first in rushing touchdowns (16) with Arizona and Tennessee.
Chubb ranks in the top-10 in the NFL in several categories. His 34 rushing first downs are tied for ninth in the league and his 22 rushes for 10-plus yards are third-most in the NFL. His eight rushes for 20-plus yards are also second in the league. All this with Chubb missing three of Cleveland’s 10 games this year.