Nick Chubb out for Thursday, Baker Mayfield will be limited in Tuesday practice

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D'Ernest Johnson, step on up.

After the Browns placed running back Kareem Hunt on injured reserve earlier in the day, head coach Kevin Stefanski said in his Tuesday press conference that Nick Chubb is also out for Thursday’s game against the Broncos. That means Johnson will make his first career start against Denver.

Chubb (calf) missed Cleveland’s Week Six loss to Arizona with the injury. Hunt, arguably the best backup running back in the league, suffered a more serious calf injury during that game that will reportedly keep him out for four-to-six weeks.

Johnson has mainly played special teams in his three seasons with the Browns. But he does have 40 career carries for 198 yards. He’s rushed three times for 11 yards this season and also has a 7-yard reception.

The Browns also have rookie Demetric Felton who could share some of the load at running back.

As for Cleveland’s quarterback, Stefanski said Baker Mayfield will be a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice. Mayfield told reporters earlier on Tuesday that he fully tore the labrum in his left shoulder. He re-aggravated the injury in Sunday’s loss to Arizona.

“I think you guys know Baker,” Stefanski said, via 92.3 The Fan. “He’s a fighter. He’s as tough as they come. I expect him to fight like crazy to get to Thursday.”

Stefanski added that no decision has yet been made on Mayfield’s availability for Thursday. The same applies to the team’s starting offensive tackles, Jedrick Wills (ankle) and Jack Conklin (knee), who both missed last week’s game.

9 responses to “Nick Chubb out for Thursday, Baker Mayfield will be limited in Tuesday practice

  1. Mayfiled must be very worried someone will come in and steal his job by showing they can pass consistently and the team actually has some big time stars that mayfield is ruiining there careers.
    How can a team doctor tell a guy, oh your labrum is torn but go ahead and give it a try, we can do something when the season is over. really?
    Put a fork in this sucker and man up to your not going to the playoffs this year.

  2. Baker is scared to sit because of the fear of another QB like Case Keenam or Cam Newton stepping in and start winning with this roster, which could lead the Browns to forget about him or include him in their future plans..just my thoughts

  3. My shoulder hurts after watching that Yeesh. Cleveland is on the edge of a very slippery slope. They seem in danger of one of those losing runs that derails what once most thought was contender and leaves them saying at the end of the year “how’d that happen?” Should get Keenum ALL the reps and tell Baker this is why we have a top backup so you don’t have to fight through something like this. Mayfield already was contorting a little and going through some weird motions to get the ball out. Him worrying even more about those injuries(plural) will just make him susceptible to further injury and he’s borderiyoj being unable to defend himself cause he can’t use his off arm to help him when he falls or is hit. Sit the man. If the team can’t hold together for a fortnight or more without him it wasn’t going to happen this year anyway IMO.

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