Browns defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett get ready for the start of practice on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in Berea, Ohio, at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. [Phil Masturzo/ Beacon Journal]

Browns 8 5 5

Browns DEs Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney return to practice

Cleveland’s extensive injury report improved a bit Thursday as Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice, but the Browns were still without their backfield.

Garrett (knee, ankle) and Clowney (elbow, knee) were listed as limited in practice. Defensive end Takk McKinley (ankle, knee) also returned in limited fashion. Clowney missed the team’s Week 5 game.

Tight end David Njoku (knee) was also able to participate.

However, running backs Nick Chubb (calf) and Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee) both missed their second consecutive practice. Offensive linemen JC Tretter (knee), Jack Conklin (knee) and Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) also missed. Chubb is second in the NFL in rushing with 523 yards while Hunt has 295, good for 16th in the league.

Wills did practice Wednesday.

Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Thursday he’s “not really sure” if Wills and Conklin, the starting tackles, would be able to play.

“Hopefully we can get them out (to practice) later in the week, but if not, it’s next-man-up mentality for us,” Van Pelt said.

Cornerbacks Denzel Ward (neck), Greg Newsome II (calf) and Greedy Williams (shoulder) all practiced Thursday but were limited.

The Browns (3-2) host the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals (5-0) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt among battered Browns to miss practice

The Browns opened the week black and blue as their primary backfield and edge rushers were among a host of Cleveland players who missed practice Wednesday with injuries.

Both Nick Chubb (calf) and backup Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee) missed practice, as did defensive ends Myles Garrett (knee, ankle) and Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, knee). Clowney did not play in Week 5.

Also missing Wednesday were center J.C. Tretter (knee) and right tackle Jack Conklin (knee), defensive end Takk McKinley (ankle, knee), tight end David Njoku (knee) and linebacker Malcolm Smith (abdomen).

Garrett (NFL-high seven sacks) missed two practices last week but played against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Chubb is second in the NFL in rushing with 523 yards while Hunt has 295, good for 16th in the league.

The Browns (3-2) are preparing to play the undefeated Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Cleveland.

Returning to practice Wednesday were cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome II, and left tackle Jedrick Wills. Ward (neck) was injured last Sunday while Newsome has missed the past two games with a calf injury. Wills (ankle) also missed Sunday’s game.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is eligible to return from injured reserve this week but did not practice.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Berea, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) catches a pass during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns reach 3-year extension with RB Nick Chubb

The Cleveland Browns and two-time Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb reached an agreement on a three-year, $36.6 million extension, ESPN and NFL Network reported Saturday.

Chubb, 25, gets $30 million in guaranteed money, per the reports. The deal keeps Chubb under contract with the Browns through the 2024 season.

Chubb has rushed for 3,557 yards in 44 games (37 starts) to go with 28 touchdowns in Cleveland since the Browns drafted him in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Georgia.

He rushed for 1,067 yards last season despite missing four games with an MCL sprain. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

He was four rushing yards shy of 1,000 in his rookie campaign. He’s also caught 72 balls for 577 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball asWashington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns activate RB Chubb from injured list

The Cleveland Browns activated running back Nick Chubb from injured reserve Saturday and he will play on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Chubb, 24, returned to practice earlier this week after missing the last four games with a right knee injury.

A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Chubb finished second in the NFL in rushing in 2019 with 1,494 yards.

He was off to a strong start this season with 335 yards and four touchdowns before suffering the injury in the first quarter of a Week 4 win against the Dallas Cowboys. He was placed on IR on Oct. 5.

The Browns (5-3) also elevated guard Michael Dunn from the practice squad and he could make his NFL debut against the visiting Texans (2-6).

Dunn, 26, previously spent time on the practice squads of the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2018). He also played for the Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American Football in 2019 and with the Seattle Dragons in the XFL in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball asWashington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB Chubb on track to return vs. Texans

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb practiced for the second straight day on Friday as he recovers from a knee injury and he is expected to be activated off injured reserve to play in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

The Browns face a Saturday deadline to make the roster move official and coach Kevin Stefanski said the team will use the time to further evaluate if Chubb’s right knee is ready to handle the pounding.

Cleveland designated Chubb as a player who can return from injured reserve on Monday and has been observing the 24-year-old’s practice sessions closely.

“We’re going to do what’s best for Nick and what’s best for the Browns,” Stefanski told reporters.

Stefanski said he was reluctant to announce anything on Chubb’s status without consulting team doctors and trainers.

Chubb injured the knee in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys and has missed the past four games. Cleveland also had a bye week last weekend.

Earlier this week, Chubb said the knee was feeling good and he indicated he was itching to get back on the field.

“It feels great being back out there with the team,” Chubb said Wednesday. “It’s been about five weeks, and I’ve been bored of sitting here and rehabbing every day so I was excited to get out there and actually get to run and hang out with the boys on the field.”

Chubb finished second in the NFL in rushing last season with 1,494 yards. He was off to a strong start this season prior to the injury with 335 yards and four touchdowns and a stellar 5.9 average per carry.

Also, linebacker Jacob Phillips (knee) was listed as questionable after being limited in practice on Friday. Guard Wyatt Teller (calf), who is officially listed as questionable, is expected to return after missing the past three games. Center JC Tretter (knee), guard Joel Bitonio (elbow) and tackle Jack Conklin (knee) are also questionable for Sunday’s game.

Texans running back David Johnson and G Senio Kelemete were both declared out for Sunday with concussion recovery, while defensive end Charles Omenihu (hamstring) and linebacker Dylan Cole (back) were designated as questionable.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball asWashington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB Chubb unsure of return vs. Texans

Back at practice, Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is taking a tentative approach to whether he will be able to suit up against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

“I am not sure,” Chubb said Wednesday when asked his confidence level about returning this week from a knee injury. “There is still a lot more to it than me just feeling good. I have to go through doctors, team athletic trainers and coaches. It is more than just me saying I feel great.”

Chubb has been sidelined since Week 4, when he sustained an MCL sprain in his right knee during the second quarter of a 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Browns designated him for return from injured reserve Monday, though coach Kevin Stefanski has also preached patience with the process.

“We’ll talk to Nick, we’ll talk to the trainers and we’ll talk to the doctors and see once we get through the week,” Stefanski said. “Really get to Friday and then put that plan together. But definitely, we’ll talk to Nick and see what he’s comfortable with.”

The Browns have three weeks to get Chubb back on the field following his designation.

In the first four games of the season, Chubb rushed 57 times for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Kareem Hunt has filled in, and he has 529 rushing yards and three scores through eight games.

“It feels great being back out there with the team,” Chubb said of returning to practice. “It has been about five weeks, and I have been bored of sitting here and rehabbing every day, so I was excited to get out there and actually get to run and hang out with the boys on the field.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball asWashington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns designate RB Chubb to return from IR

The Cleveland Browns designated running back Nick Chubb for return from injured reserve on Monday, moving the team a step closer to adding a key offensive weapon.

Chubb, 24, suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee on Oct. 4 in the Browns’ 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys and went on IR the following day.

In the first four games of the season, Chubb rushed 57 times for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Kareem Hunt has filled in with 529 rushing yards through eight games.

Despite missing four games, Chubb leads the NFL with six runs of 20-plus yards.

The Browns (5-3) host the Houston Texans (2-6) on Sunday, and it’s possible Chubb could play. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list because of a close contact, is expected to lead the Browns against the Texans.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) leaves the field with an injury as quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) talks to him in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Browns’ Chubb (sprained MCL) will miss several weeks

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb has a sprained MCL in his right knee and is expected to miss about six weeks, coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday.

Chubb will be put on injured reserve with an expected return in November.

“It’s a several-week injury. We do expect him back this year,” Stefanski said.

Chubb was injured in Sunday’s 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys. With 1:08 left in the first quarter, Chubb was blocking in pass protection in the backfield when Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill inadvertently rolled over the back of his right leg.

Chubb ran for 43 yards on six carries before the injury. Through four games, he has 57 carries for 335 yards and four touchdowns.

Chubb, 24, finished second in the NFL in 2019 with 1,494 rushing yards. The 2018 second-round draft pick earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season.

Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson are expected to handle the rushing duties in the absence of Chubb.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrate after Chubb scored a touchdown during the second half against the Washington Football Team at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB Chubb leaves with knee injury

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb sustained a right knee injury in the first quarter and did not return to Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

Chubb was blocking in pass protection when his right leg was rolled up on by a Dallas defender. He appeared to be in pain and was clutching his lower leg. He was attended to by trainers before walking off under his own power.

He was taken for X-rays and ruled out for the rest of the game, replaced by Kareem Hunt in the backfield.

Chubb rushed for 43 yards on six carries before the injury. Through four games, he has 57 carries for 335 yards and four touchdowns.

Chubb, 24, finished second in the NFL in 2019 with 1,494 rushing yards. The 2018 second-round draft pick earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season.

–Field Level Media