Hunt said Wednesday that he feels "100 percent" healthy and that there is nothing bothering him physically heading into Cleveland's training camp starting July 27, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Hunt battled multiple injuries that limited him to just eight games in 2021, including a torn calf and separate ankle issue. The No. 2 running back still managed to accumulate 560 yards on 100 total touches in a crowded position group consisting of Nick Chubb, D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton. Hunt is heading into the final year of his current contract with the Browns and he hopes to sign an extension with the team before the start of this coming season, according to Petrak. The 26-year-old has been a very effective complementary back during his three-year tenure with the Browns, but the team's difficult cap situation moving forward may complicate any extension talks this offseason.
Jun 29, 2022 11:35 AM EST
Hunt remains in Cleveland's plans despite a surplus of running backs, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The Browns' selection of Jerome Ford in the fifth round of the 2022 draft set off speculation about the crowded running back room and how the team would accommodate the depth. The first thoughts were that Hunt or D'Ernest Johnson could be moved -- Hunt's in the final year of a deal and Johnson's tendered. However, there was a lot of Hunt and Nick Chubb on the field together during OTAs, suggesting the offense could feature them together more this season.
Jun 2, 2022 6:47 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Analysis: With the Browns out of playoff contention, the team will err on the side of caution with Hunt, who hasn't suited up since Week 14. As a result, Nick Chubb is slated to head the team's Week 18 backfield, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in and Demetric Felton on hand in reserve.
Jan 9, 2022 8:39 AM EST
Hunt (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hunt, who last suited up in Week 14, continues to be limited by an ankle issue, which clouds his status for the Browns' season finale. With the team eliminated from playoff contention, it's plausible that Hunt could be held out or limited Sunday if his ankle remains problematic ahead of Cleveland's 1:00 ET kickoff in Week 18
Jan 7, 2022 10:28 AM EST
Hunt (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Cleveland scheduled a traditional practice Thursday after holding more of a walk-through workout Wednesday, so Hunt likely was more active for the former session, even though he was listed as limited for the second day in a row. Unless he puts in a full practice Friday, Hunt's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals will be difficult to pin down. The Browns are already eliminated from playoff contention and have little else at stake in the regular-season finale, so the team could choose to hold Hunt out or limit his workload even if he's cleared to play for the first time since Week 14.
Jan 6, 2022 1:20 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Coach Kevin Stefanski Wednesday's practice was just a walk-through, adding that Hunt's availability for Sunday's game against Cincinnati will depend on how he looks later in the week. The running back last played Week 14.
Jan 5, 2022 1:26 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Steelers.
Analysis: With Hunt, who last suited up in Week 14, still unavailable for Week 17 action, Nick Chubb is slated to head the Browns' backfield Monday, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in and Demetric Felton on hand in reserve.
Jan 3, 2022 3:53 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Steelers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The Browns listed Hunt, who recently spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as a limited practice participant Friday and Saturday due to his ankle issue. The running back, who last suited up in Week 14, thus has a chance to return to action Monday night, though the team's 8:15 ET kickoff adds an element of risk to those considering in Hunt in Week 17 fantasy lineups. If active, he'd be in line to reclaim a share of Cleveland's backfield work alongside Nick Chubb.
Jan 1, 2022 12:04 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) was a limited practice participant Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Hunt's limited showing marked his first practice activity of any kind since he injured his ankle Dec. 12 in the Browns' Week 14 win over the Ravens. The running back's rehab program for the injury was interrupted by a recent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he's fully recovered from the virus and is now focusing on proving to the Browns' coaching and training staffs that his ankle his healthy. However, because he's been sidelined for the last two games and has appeared in only two contests over the last 10 weeks, Hunt may need to turn in a full practice Saturday to lock in his availability for Monday's showdown with Pittsburgh.
Dec 31, 2021 1:19 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) is expected to participate at Friday's practice, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hunt has been unable to practice this week due to the ankle injury, so any participation Friday's session would be a step in the right direction for Week 17. The 26-year-old missed the past two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though he may have been absent regardless due to the ankle. Hunt could avoid an injury designation for Monday's matchup with the Steelers if he's able to practice with no limitations by Saturday.
Dec 31, 2021 9:06 AM EST
Hunt (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Hunt was one of several Browns players who recently spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, but the ankle injury was probably the bigger reason why he wasn't available to play Weeks 15 and 16. Even with a longer turnaround for Week 17, Hunt still isn't ready to resume practicing, which isn't the greatest sign for his availability Monday in Pittsburgh. That being said, head coach Kevin Stefanski said he isn't ruling Hunt out from playing against the Steelers, according to Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. That said, the running back would surely need to practice in some fashion Friday and/or Saturday to make that a reality.
Dec 30, 2021 1:10 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) wasn't present at Tuesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Hunt completed a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, but it appears a preexisting ankle issue that he sustained Dec. 12 against the Ravens continues to bother him. He's missed two games since then, and his activity (or lack thereof) in practice will be key to determining whether he'll be able to return to action Monday in Pittsburgh. Tuesday's session isn't official, so the Browns may not get a sense of Hunt's potential to play until Thursday, when they'll turn in their first Week 17 injury report. If Hunt requires further time away from the field, D'Ernest Johnson will remain the change-of-pace option behind Cleveland's top running back Nick Chubb.
Dec 28, 2021 9:57 AM EST
Cleveland activated Hunt (ankle) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Analysis: Though he's cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol, Hunt will still need to prove he's not hindered by the ankle injury he sustained Dec. 12 against the Ravens. The time on the COVID-19 list may have been a blessing in disguise for Hunt, who received the opportunity to rest the ankle while in quarantine rather than gearing up for a quick return and potentially suffering an aggravation. Cleveland won't play its Week 17 game until next Monday (Jan. 3) in Pittsburgh, so Hunt will have some additional time to prove his health. Once deemed ready to go, he'll likely displace D'Ernest Johnson as the top change-of-pace option behind lead back Nick Chubb.
Dec 27, 2021 12:37 PM EST
Coach Kevin Stefanski doesn't expect Hunt (ankle, reserve/COVID-19 list) to be available Saturday against the Packers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The running back currently remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but even if he's activated from the list, his ankle issue is still enough of a concern that he's trending toward not playing this weekend. If Hunt remains sidelined, Nick Chubb would once again lead the Browns' backfield in Week 16, with D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton on hand to work in complementary roles.
Dec 22, 2021 11:24 AM EST
Hunt (ankle) wasn't activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Monday's game against the Raiders, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Prior to landing on the list, Hunt had been ruled out for the game (originally scheduled for Saturday) due to an ankle issue. However, despite the added time afforded by the game being moved to Monday, the running back remains unavailable and will look to gain clearance to play in the Browns' Dec. 25 matchup versus the Packers. In his absence Monday, Nick Chubb is slated to head the team's backfield, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in, with Demetric Felton and John Kelly available in reserve.
Dec 20, 2021 11:09 AM EST
Hunt has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Prior to this move, Hunt had been ruled out for Saturday's scheduled game against the Raiders due to an ankle injury, but now he's on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the Browns' Week 15 contest, which has been rescheduled to Monday at 5 pm ET. The running back will thus presumably target a potential return to action as soon as Cleveland's Dec. 25 contest against the Packers, though Hunt has some hurdles to clear for that to be possible.
Dec 17, 2021 12:59 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Raiders, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Given that Hunt is out this week, Nick Chubb is slated to head the Browns' backfield Saturday, with D'Ernest Johnson a candidate to mix in and Demetric Felton on hand in reserve. That is, however, assuming they remain off the team's lengthy reserve/COVID-19 list.
Dec 16, 2021 11:52 AM EST
Hunt (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Per Zac Jackson of The Athletic, coach Kevin Stefanski noted earlier this week that Hunt was "unlikely" to play Saturday against the Raiders. That narrative hasn't changed and in the meantime the Browns have added multiple players to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Assuming their Week 15 availability, Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson appear poised to be the Browns' top backfield options this weekend.
Dec 15, 2021 4:02 PM EST
Hunt (ankle) won't take part in Tuesday's walkthrough, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: As expected, Hunt will stay away from the field after he sustained an ankle injury this past Sunday versus the Ravens. He's slated to miss at least one game as a result of the issue, meaning Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson are poised to be the Browns' main RB options Saturday against the Raiders.
Dec 14, 2021 10:51 AM EST
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that Hunt (ankle) is "unlikely" to suit up for Saturday's game against the Raiders, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hunt was forced out of Sunday's win over the Ravens and subsequently underwent an MRI, and it looks like he will now have to miss time. If Hunt is indeed unable to face Las Vegas, Nick Chubb will operate as the unquestioned lead in Cleveland's backfield while D'Ernest Johnson picks up the slack. An expected recovery timetable for Hunt remains undisclosed.
Dec 13, 2021 9:04 AM EST
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