The Browns did not have a lot time to rejoice their largest win this season earlier than being hit with one other off-field concern.
Star operating again Nick Chubb is being positioned on the COVID-19 checklist after testing optimistic and will miss this week’s recreation at New England, an individual acquainted with the state of affairs informed The Related Press on Tuesday.
One of many NFL’s finest backs, Chubb is happening the checklist together with rookie operating again Demetric Felton, based on the one that spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of the workforce has not made the transaction official.
It is nonetheless potential Chubb and Felton, who’re each vaccinated, might play in opposition to the Patriots this week so long as they’re symptom free and have two damaging assessments separated by 24 hours.
ESPN first reported Chubb’s standing.
Final week, the Browns (5-4) needed to take care of a significant distraction attributable to broad receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was excused from the workforce after which launched.
Cleveland tuned out the Beckham drama and performed its most full recreation on Sunday whereas blowing out the Cincinnati Bengals 41-16.
Chubb’s state of affairs is the most recent impediment.
“It is like for each excellent news, there’s one thing dangerous that occurs,” stated guard Wyatt Teller, who Tuesday signed a four-year, US$56.8 million contract extension. “What is that this, the world? However no, it sucks. I hope the perfect for them. I feel they had been vaxxed.
“I actually hope they’re again rapidly, no signs. Let’s simply hope that it was very minor. I would not want that on my enemy. It does suck, however that is one thing for them to deal with and them to work on.”
The Browns had main points with the coronavirus final season. Coach Kevin Stefanski needed to miss Cleveland’s first playoff recreation since 2003 when he examined optimistic just a few days earlier than the wild-card matchup at Pittsburgh.
The workforce additionally performed with out most of its broad receivers in opposition to the New York Jets due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
“One recreation, we had like 15 dudes in a scorching tub that you simply’re solely presupposed to have about 5 and we received in hassle and so they all needed to sit out a recreation and we had no broad receivers,” Teller stated. “I really feel like should you comply with the principles, you do the suitable issues, it provides you the perfect alternative to get again.
“That is not the way it at all times works. There’s instances the place this occurs or that occurs, nevertheless it’s occurring to all people.”
The Browns have averted related widespread issues this season, however have had 4 optimistic assessments prior to now two days. Working John Kelly and apply squad broad receiver Lawrence Cager had been placed on the COVID-19 checklist Monday.
With Kareem Hunt on injured reserve and out indefinitely with a calf harm, the Browns presently have only one wholesome operating again — D’Ernest Johnson.
Chubb rushed for 137 yards and scored two touchdowns in Sunday’s 41-16 win at Cincinnati. One of many scores was a 70-yard run on which he was clocked at 21.1 mph.
The 25-year-old Chubb has 721 yards and 6 touchdowns this season regardless of lacking two video games with a calf harm.