Nick Chubb

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #31
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #31
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Efficient in limited action

Chubb rushed nine times for 58 yards and brought in his only target for two yards in the Browns' 21-16 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: Chubb predictably saw relatively limited action, and a bulk of his production against what was a much improved Bengals run defense this season came on a 35-yard scamper. The fourth-year pro finished with an impressive 1,259 rushing yards in 14 games, the second-highest tally of his career. With backfield mate Kareem Hunt (ankle) under contract through next season as well, Chubb figures to still operate as the primary early-down option for the run-heavy Cleveland attack in 2022.

Jan 9, 2022 3:28 PM EST


No Week 18 injury designation

Chubb (ribs/chest) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Chubb was limited at practice this week, but he'll be available for the Browns' season finale. Meanwhile, Kareem Hunt (ankle) is listed as questionable for the contest and D'Ernest Johnson is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. While Chubb is slated to be out there this weekend, it remains to be seen if he'll log his customary workload, with Cleveland out of the playoff picture. In that context, the team could look to give Demetric Felton added backfield touches in Week 18.

Jan 7, 2022 12:29 PM EST



Limited in second straight practice

Chubb (ribs/chest) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Chubb's limited listing marks no change from Wednesday, though Cleveland held a more traditional practice Thursday as opposed to a walk-through session two days earlier. Though Cleveland is eliminated from playoff contention and thus doesn't have much at stake Week 18, Chubb still should get the green light to play so long as he isn't well below 100 percent. That being said, the Browns could look to be conservative with his workload, especially if Kareem Hunt (ankle) is available to return from a three-game absence to help pick up some of the slack out of the backfield.

Jan 6, 2022 1:25 PM EST


Listed as LP to start week

Chubb (chest/ribs) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Chubb was noticeably absent for stretches of Monday's 26-14 loss to Pittsburgh, with coach Kevin Stefanski noting afterward that the running back got banged up early in the game. Chubb still managed 12 carries for 58 yards and took snap into the fourth quarter, so he'll likely aim to give it a go this Sunday against the Bengals, with Case Keenum replacing Baker Mayfield (IR/shoulder) under center for the season finale.

Jan 5, 2022 1:19 PM EST


Plays through rib issue

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski acknowledged after Monday's 26-14 loss to the Steelers that Chubb played through a rib injury during the contest, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "He got a little banged up with a rib injury," Stefanski said of the running back. "He was able to play through it, but he needed some rest."

Analysis: Chubb suffered the injury early on in the contest, which may explain why he earned just 12 touches, his second-lowest total of the season. Though Stefanski downplayed the health concern after the game, Chubb's status will bear monitoring as the Browns head into their season finale this Sunday against the Bengals. Since Cleveland has already been eliminated from playoff contention, the team could take a cautious approach with the star back and limit his workload or withhold him entirely from a mostly meaningless Week 18 game.

Jan 4, 2022 8:44 AM EST



Just 12 touches in loss

Chubb rushed 12 times for 58 yards and didn't catch his only target in Monday night's 26-14 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Chubb ripped off a 32-yard run to begin Cleveland's second series, but he didn't get much going otherwise. Of course, he also wasn't handed his usual workload either, with Monday marking his third-fewest carries in a game this season. That low involvement came despite Kareem Hunt (ankle) remaining sidelined and Baker Mayfield being sacked nine times amid another inefficient passing performance. On the bright side, Chubb will now finish the season with a matchup against a Bengals team that's already clinched the AFC North and surrendered 137 yards and two touchdowns to Chubb on the ground earlier this season.

Jan 3, 2022 8:56 PM EST


Big game at Lambeau

Chubb ran for 126 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and caught three passes for 58 yards on four targets against Green Bay on Saturday.

Analysis: Chubb managed to stay involved despite the Browns trailing the vast majority of the game, providing consistently explosive production both as a runner and receiver. While Kareem Hunt tends to handle Cleveland's passing down work when healthy, this showing from Chubb is a reminder that he poses a formidable pass-catching threat in his own right when the opportunity is there. The Browns face the Steelers next, and their run defense has generally struggled in 2021.

Dec 25, 2021 4:46 PM EST


Scores TD in Monday's loss

Chubb rushed 23 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for two yards in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Chubb was bottled up early on but got going in the third quarter after a fumble recovery by the defense set the Browns up in Raiders territory. The running back then ripped off a 24-yard run -- his longest of the game -- and followed it up with a four-yard touchdown run three plays later. Chubb also had a would-be 11-yard touchdown run called back on a penalty in the fourth quarter. The Browns took a 14-13 lead by scoring on that drive anyway, but Chubb failed to pick up a first down on the ensuing drive when they had a chance to salt the game away, and the Raiders ended up kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired. As long as Cleveland doesn't fall behind by too much too quickly against the Packers in Week 16, Chubb should see another hefty workload on the ground, regardless of whether fellow running back Kareem Hunt (ankle) -- who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list in addition to being injured -- is ready to play.

Dec 20, 2021 5:14 PM EST


Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

Chubb and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. With Kareem Hunt having landed on the list and also dealing with an ankle injury, Chubb could take on more passing-down work in addition to his normal duties as Cleveland's lead option on the ground.

Dec 17, 2021 3:59 PM EST


Could get more work sans Hunt

Chubb could have a clearer path to more passing-down and goal-line work Saturday against the Raiders with top backup Kareem Hunt (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: After a five-game absence from Weeks 7 through 11 due to a calf strain, Hunt had appeared in both of the Browns' last two games. Though Hunt saw lighter snap counts in both contests than he had earlier in the season, his absence for Week 15 at least removes one possible obstacle in Chubb's way for more high-value work. D'Ernest Johnson has proven to be a capable change-of-pace option in the opportunities he's received this season and should have a role in the game plan, so Chubb could still struggle to get more than 70 or 80 percent of the offensive snaps this weekend. Chubb's season-high snap share (66 percent) came in last week's win over the Ravens, but Baltimore did a good job of bottling him up on the ground (17 carries for 59 yards) and as a receiver (three catches for six yards on four targets).

Dec 16, 2021 12:22 PM EST


Held in check

Chubb rushed 17 times for 59 yards and caught three of four targets for six yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Chubb was held in check despite teammate Kareem Hunt being forced to exit with an ankle injury early on, leaving more snaps for him. While Chubb managed more than his mere 39 scrimmage yards versus the Ravens in Week 12, Baltimore once again succeeded in stifling the Browns' star tailback. Following consecutive down performances by Chubb's standards, he'll strive to get back on track in Week 15 versus the Raiders, when Hunt's status could potentially impact his workload ahead of D'Ernest Johnson.

Dec 12, 2021 1:23 PM EST


Ground game stuffed Sunday

Chubb gained 16 yards on eight carries and caught two passes (four targets) for 23 more yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Chubb has been one of the NFL's top pure rushers this year, but his run of consistency came to a screeching halt Sunday. The Ravens were keen on bringing extra pressure and plugging potential rush lanes for the entire Cleveland rushing attack, as neither of the Browns' top two rushers were able to eclipse 20 yards for the first time this season. Kareem Hunt (leg) was held out at the end of this contest, so Chubb could be in store for heavy usage if his teammate is unable to return healthy from the upcoming bye week. Chubb averaged 17.3 carries and 109.3 rushing yards over the five-week span Hunt missed earlier this season.

Nov 28, 2021 10:18 PM EST


Splitting with Hunt again

Kareem Hunt (calf) was removed from injured reserve and is set to rejoin Chubb in the Cleveland backfield Sunday night at Baltimore, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hunt's presence, or lack thereof, hasn't had much impact on Chubb's playing time or carry/touch totals this season, with the 227-pounder logging 47-to-57 percent snap share 11-to-22 carries in each of his eight games. The Browns used D'Ernest Johnson (and sprinkles of Demetric Felton) to replace Hunt in Weeks 8, 9 and 11, while the largest workloads actually went to Johnson in the two games both Chubb and Hunt missed (Weeks 7 and 10). Hunt does pose slightly more of a threat to Chubb's touch count than the Johnson/Felton combo -- especially in the red zone -- but not enough to push Chubb out of fantasy lineups given his excellent track record of production and stable rushing workload.

Nov 27, 2021 3:36 PM EST


Tops 140 total yards in return

Chubb carried the ball 22 times for 130 yards in Sunday's 13-10 win over the Lions. He added two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Chubb returned from a one-game absence and matched his highest carry total of the season. He had six double-digit gains and progressively picked up more chunk yardage as the game moved along. Chubb also made his mark in the receiving game, posting his third multi-catch effort of the campaign as well as his first receiving touchdown since the 2018 season. He's now topped 100 rushing yards in four of his last five games, two of which came while he was sharing the backfield with Kareem Hunt (calf).

Nov 21, 2021 2:14 PM EST


Ready for Week 11 return

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Chubb (illness) looked good in his return to practice Friday and is good to go for Sunday's game against the Lions, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After testing positive for the coronavirus Nov. 9, Chubb was sidelined for the Browns' Week 10 loss to the Patriots, but he cleared all protocols and was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. With Stefanski confirming that Chubb checked out fine from a conditioning standpoint during Friday's practice, the 25-year-old looks like he'll be ready to lead the Cleveland ground game Week 11. Because of Chubb's lack of recent practice reps along with the fact that the Browns will be heavily favored against the 0-8-1 Lions, Cleveland could be inclined to ease up on his workload a bit in his return to action while keeping No. 2 option D'Ernest Johnson involved in the game plan on the heels of a promising Week 10 start. Regardless, fantasy managers shouldn't have any reservations about including Chubb in lineups this week.

Nov 19, 2021 10:28 AM EST


Officially activated Friday

The Browns officially activated Chubb (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Chubb missed one game after testing positive for COVID-19, but he's been reinstated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Lions. It remains to be seen if the 25-year-old is able to avoid Friday's injury report, though he's expected to lead the Browns' backfield this weekend after D'Ernest Johnson was forced to carry the load last week.

Nov 19, 2021 6:32 AM EST


Returning from COVID list

Chubb (illness) is set to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Chubb and Demetric Felton (illness) will be reinstated to the active roster Friday after missing one game due to testing positive for COVID-19. Chubb should lead Cleveland's backfield Sunday against the Lions, while Felton could help out in the aerial attack with wideouts Jarvis Landry (knee), Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) and Anthony Schwartz (concussion) banged up.

Nov 19, 2021 6:21 AM EST


Progressing, could play Week 11

Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Thursday that Chubb (illness) is "trending in the right direction" toward being available to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday against the Lions, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Among the three Browns running backs that landed on the list last week, only John Kelly was reinstated Wednesday, but Chubb and Demetric Felton don't seem to be far behind. Because he's vaccinated, Chubb will be eligible to rejoin the Browns as soon as he's exhibiting diminished symptoms of the virus and tests negative on two occasions at least 24 hours apart, and Van Pelt's comments suggest the team's top back could be cleared as soon as Friday. Chubb's status for Sunday's game against the Lions would be dicier if he fails to return in time for Friday's practice, but even if he's activated by Saturday, he should be in good shape to lead Cleveland's ground attack in the Week 11 matchup.

Nov 18, 2021 2:17 PM EST


Not a lock for Week 11?

Chubb (illness) was still on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Wednesday afternoon, making him uncertain to play in Sunday's game against Detroit, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Chubb still has time to return negative tests on consecutive days before Sunday, but there is some chance of D'Ernest Johnson taking on a huge role again, with Chubb's status uncertain and Kareem Hunt (IR/calf) already ruled out for Week 11 by coach Kevin Stefanski. Wednesday marks eight days since Chubb initially was placed on the COVID list last Tuesday.

Nov 17, 2021 11:51 AM EST


Not playing Sunday

Chubb (illness) won't play in Sunday's contest at New England, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns backfield will be without Chubb and Demetric Felton (illness) this weekend, as both are on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus Tuesday. With Kareem Hunt (calf) not ready to return from injured reserve, D'Ernest Johnson will be the team's primary running back Sunday, which previously equated to 24 touches for 168 yards from scrimmage and one TD back in Week 7.

Nov 12, 2021 11:47 AM EST


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