Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) approaches Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith (56) during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns, RB Nick Chubb agree to restructured deal

Browns general manager Andrew Berry insisted he would find a way to keep running back Nick Chubb in Cleveland.

According to multiple reports, the Browns and Chubb agreed to a restructured deal to take his scheduled base salary of $15.85 million down to $11.775 million with the ability to recoup the difference in performance incentives.

Chubb, 28, is recovering from multiple knee surgeries following a season-ending left knee injury in Week 2 of the 2023 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and recent reports indicate a plan from the franchise to be “conservative” with the decision to put the All-Pro back on the field.

Chubb was hurt in September on a tackle by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The direct contact with Chubb’s left knee, the same one that required reconstructive surgery at Georgia in 2015, caused an extreme hyperextension and ripped three ligaments.

Berry said in January he didn’t want to see that injury be Chubb’s final carry in Cleveland.

Chubb has 1,238 career carries for 6,511 yards and 48 touchdowns since Cleveland took Chubb in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Detroit Lions defensive lineman Josh Paschal (93) hangs on to Chicago Bears running back D'Onta Foreman (21) to make the tackle in the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns to sign RB D’Onta Foreman

The Cleveland Browns added depth to their backfield by signing running back D’Onta Foreman to a contract, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not known for Foreman.

Foreman will join a running back room that is headlined by star Nick Chubb, who is coming off two knee surgeries and is not expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Jerome Ford led the team in carries (204) and rushing yards (813) last season.

Foreman, who turns 28 next month, rushed for 425 yards and four touchdowns in nine games (eight starts) last season with the Chicago Bears.

He has gained 2,326 yards on the ground with 14 touchdowns in 52 games (21 starts) with the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers and Bears. He was selected by the Texans in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns GM, RB Nick Chubb to huddle, talk contract

INDIANAPOLIS — Armchair general managers appear to be off the mark projecting a Browns offense without running back Nick Chubb in 2024.

Entering the final year of a three-year contract with Cleveland, Chubb’s base salary of $11.8 million pushes his cap hit for next season over $15 million. That’s a hefty amount for a running back in the NFL, not to mention one in the middle of the rehabilitation phase of his recovery from a season-ending, multiple-ligament replacement knee surgery.

“Yeah, he’s done a great job,” Browns general manager Andrew Berry said of Chubb’s rehab. “You guys know Nick — he works his tail off. He does everything in his power to make sure that he can recover as quickly as possible. It still is very early and we’re what, six months away from training camp? So to say anything more definitively than I did in the middle of January, it would probably be inaccurate.”

Berry believes there is a path forward for Chubb in Cleveland, backing up what he said last month about avoiding seeing the team’s leading rusher end his time with the team on a season-ending injury. Chubb’s season ended in September at Pittsburgh and required multiple surgeries to fully repair damage to the meniscus, medial capsule, MCL and ACL in his left knee.

Releasing Chubb, 28, would save the Browns $11.83 million, but a greater savings could be available through a restructure laden with incentives. But that’s only possible if Chubb agrees to the altered deal.

He had 170 yards on 28 carries in 2023. The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, gaining a career-high 1,525 in 2022. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

A meeting is set with Chubb’s agents to find a middle ground. But Berry didn’t want to set any odds on the Browns getting a restructured contract done.

“I understand that Nick is a popular discussion point. I meant what I said about him at the end of the season,” Berry said. “Any conversations that we have with him or his reps honestly will stay between us. If anything were to change with the status, you guys would be the first to know when that does happen.”

But if Berry is hoping to get a hometown discount, he might’ve overplayed his cards Tuesday when discussing the rollercoaster running game without him.

“Obviously Nick’s one in a million, and maybe he is one in a billion actually, and so we’re not going to get the consistent explosive runs that you get with the best back in football,” Berry said.

The rehab room has been popular at the Browns’ headquarters in Berea, Ohio with three offensive tackles returning from season-ending injuries and quarterback Deshaun Watson working his way back from shoulder surgery.

“Deshaun will begin throwing next month. He’s worked his tail off in terms of his rehab and recovery. He’s in a really good place,” Berry said. “We’re excited when the spring hits and we can get him back on the field.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB Nick Chubb has first of 2 surgeries

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb underwent the first of two surgeries on Friday to repair his torn left medial collateral ligament, the team said Saturday.

Head team physician Dr. James Voos repaired damage to Chubb’s medial capsule, meniscus and medial collateral ligament, per the team.

A second surgery to repair Chubb’s ACL will happen in the coming months.

Chubb was injured on Sept. 18 in Cleveland’s 26-22 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers. Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb, 27, rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He had 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, gaining a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns RB Nick Chubb to undergo knee surgery Friday

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb will undergo knee surgery Friday to repair his torn left medial collateral ligament, Cleveland.com reported.

The surgery will be performed at University Hospitals by team physician Dr. James Voos. The team will provide an update upon completion of the surgery, per the report.

Chubb was injured Sept. 18 in Cleveland’s 26-22 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers. Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb, 27, rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, gaining a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Nick Chubb out for season, but injury not career-threatening

Tests show that Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb’s gruesome injury is not as bad as initially feared, and though he will be out for the rest of this season, the injury is now not considered career-threatening, according to ESPN.

Initial indications were that Chubb, 27, sustained a torn left anterior crucial ligament, but doctors now reportedly believe that although he stretched the ACL on the play, it was not a complete tear.

Chubb is now believed to have torn only his medial collateral ligament, which is not considered a career-ending injury, per ESPN. He is still expected to need six to eight months to recover.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski had announced Tuesday that Chubb would undergo season-ending surgery, which reportedly is expected to take place this week.

In Cleveland’s 26-22 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, gaining a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) during the second quarter against at Acrisure Stadium. Chubb was injured on the play and taken from the field on a cart. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick: ‘I’m not a dirty player’

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick found himself on the defensive three days after his tackle on Nick Chubb resulted in a season-ending knee injury for the Cleveland Browns running back.

Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter on Monday and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

“Very unfortunate. It’s a tough injury. Unfortunately, it’s part of the game that we play,” Fitzpatrick said Thursday. “You know, people are going to say I had ill will behind the tackle. That’s not the case whatsoever. I’m a guy that’s a competitor that’s gonna go out there and play the game. I’m chippy. I’m edge, of course, but I’m not a dirty player.

“I’m not gonna sit here and defend my character. I know the type of player I am; Chubb knows the type of player I am. I’ve played against him the past five years, two times a year and I love competing against him. He brings the best outta me, and I bring the best outta him. No chance that I would ever try and purposely injure somebody.”

Fitzpatrick said there is nothing he’d do differently in his approach to tackle the physical Chubb on the play that resulted in his knee injury. He also told Chubb that he wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt him while the latter was on the ground in pain on Monday.

Fitzpatrick was injured on the same play.

He returned to the game before sustaining a chest injury in the third quarter while making a tackle on a 69-yard run by Chubb’s replacement at running back, Jerome Ford.

Fitzpatrick was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. Although he did not participate in practice on Wednesday, he expects to play for Pittsburgh (1-1) in its road game against the Las Vegas Raiders (1-1) on Sunday night.

Fitzpatrick, 26, has recorded 10 tackles and two pass deflections in two games (both starts) this season.

A three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection, Fitzpatrick has 458 tackles, 19 interceptions, 49 passed defensed, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and five touchdowns in 81 career games (76 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2018-19) and Steelers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns assessing options with Nick Chubb lost for season

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb will undergo season-ending knee surgery, coach Kevin Stefanski announced Tuesday.

The Browns believe Chubb injured multiple ligaments in his knee during Monday’s 26-22 setback to the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Like we talked about last night, Nick has a knee injury that will require surgery that will end his season,” Stefanski said in a Zoom call Tuesday. “… Very disappointed for Nick. He means a lot to this team, he means a lot to this organization. So, he will be missed but he will bounce back, I have no doubt of that.”

Stefanski confirmed Jerome Ford will serve as the featured back while the team looks to add another rusher. As for possibly reconnecting with free-agent Kareem Hunt, who was Cleveland’s second-leading rusher last season, Stefanski said the following:

“We’re [in the] early stages at looking at different options right now, so I can’t really speak on to anybody specific.”

Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb, 27, rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, including a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

Ford, 24, replaced Chubb on Monday and gained 106 yards on 16 carries and also caught a touchdown pass. Pierre Strong also ran for a touchdown for the Browns (1-1), who host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Hunt, 28, had 468 yards and three touchdowns on 123 carries during the 2022 campaign, also hauling in 35 catches for 210 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns’ odds plummet with Nick Chubb out for season

The significant knee injury suffered by Browns running back Nick Chubb on Monday night sent Cleveland’s playoff odds falling.

Chubb was carted off the field in the second quarter, and coach Kevin Stefanski said after the team’s 26-22 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that the star running back was expected to miss the rest of the season.

The sports books reacted to the news Tuesday.

DraftKings moved the Browns from -230 to make the playoffs to -145. The chances of winning the AFC North went from +200 to +330, and to win the AFC championship from +900 to +1200.

Odds of winning Super Bowl LVIII moved from +1800 to +2200.

At BetMGM, the odds of the Browns winning the division lengthened from +220 to +360 and from +1800 to +3000 for the Super Bowl.

Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb, 27, rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, including a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) is taken from the field on a cart after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB Nick Chubb carted off field with serious leg injury

Cleveland Browns star running back Nick Chubb had to be carted off the field after suffering a serious leg injury early in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Browns ruled Chubb out but didn’t immediately divulge the extent of the injury. The ABC television broadcast crew said they weren’t showing any replays of the injury due to the graphic nature.

Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb’s left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb’s leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Fitzpatrick also needed assistance after the play.

Chubb suffered a significant injury to the same knee while at Georgia in 2015.

Chubb rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowler topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, including a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

Cleveland’s second-leading rusher from last season, Kareem Hunt, is currently a free agent. Hunt had 468 yards and three touchdowns on 123 carries during the 2022 campaign, also hauling in 35 catches for 210 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media