Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 19, 2023. Chubb was carted off the field in the second quarter after his left knee buckled awkwardly on a running play.
The Browns have not yet released an official diagnosis, but the team has said that they “fear” the injury is season-ending. This would be a devastating blow to the Browns, as Chubb is one of their most important players.
Chubb is a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the most productive running backs in the NFL. He rushed for 1,259 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022, despite missing five games due to injury.
The Browns are now expected to rely on Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson to carry the load in the running game. Hunt is a talented back in his own right, but he is not as durable as Chubb. Johnson is a solid backup, but he has never been a full-time starter in the NFL.
Chubb’s injury is a major setback for the Browns, but they still have a talented roster and are capable of making a deep playoff run. However, without Chubb, the Browns’ offense will not be as explosive as it was in 2022.
What does this mean for Chubb’s career?
Chubb has already torn the PCL, MCL, and LCL in his left knee, and he also dislocated the knee and suffered cartilage damage. This is a significant injury history, but Chubb has shown remarkable resilience in his career. He returned from his ACL injury in 2015 to become one of the best running backs in the NFL.
It is too early to say what the long-term effects of Chubb’s latest injury will be. However, given his previous injury history, there is a risk that he may never be the same player again.
Support for Chubb
Chubb has received an outpouring of support from fans, teammates, and fellow players since his injury. LeBron James, who is a native of Cleveland, tweeted his support for Chubb, saying, “Prayers up to [Nick Chubb]. Wishing you a speedy recovery.”
Other players who have offered their support include Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, and Alvin Kamara.
Chubb is a well-respected player in the NFL, and he is known for his work ethic and dedication to the game. Fans and players alike are hoping for a full recovery for Chubb.
Impact on Fantasy Football
Chubb’s injury is also a major blow for fantasy football owners who drafted him. Chubb was one of the most highly drafted running backs in fantasy football this season, and his injury will leave a big hole in their lineups.
Fantasy football owners who own Chubb should now look to pick up Kareem Hunt or D’Ernest Johnson. Hunt is the better option of the two, as he is a more experienced and proven runner. However, Johnson is a good option for fantasy football owners who are looking for a cheaper option.
Fantasy football owners should also look to add other running backs to their rosters in case of injuries. Some running backs who are still available on the waiver wire include:
Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans
James Cook, Buffalo Bills
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
These are just a few running backs who are still available on the waiver wire. Fantasy football owners should do their own research to find the running backs who best fit their rosters.