By Tom Wade – Founder & Creator of NFL Fans UK
A return to the NFL for Kareem Hunt took another edged ever so closer today, as the Cleveland Browns announced he had been cleared by the NFL to return to practice with the team.
The Running Back who hasn’t played a game since Week 11 of last season, when he was still a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, has been out of action due to a sports hernia injury, but more significantly due to serving an eight-game suspension for his off the field incidents that took place last year.
However, Browns fans will have to wait another three weeks to see him make his much anticipated yet controversial debut as he will not be cleared to play until Cleveland hosts the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.
Once Hunt returns to action, he will be in his third season in the NFL, having spent the last two in Kansas City where he rushed 453 times for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns, catching 79 passes for 833 yards receiving 10 touchdowns.
There’s no doubting the talent of Hunt but there’s is also no doubt that he will not get the heroes welcome for many around the NFL due to his as before mentioned off the field incidents.
From a Browns point of view, his return to the field will be most welcome as the team continue to live up go their preseason hype, something of which hasn’t been achieved as of yet through the first six games of the season.
That said, there is no telling as to whether Hunt will walk straight into the team as, despite their early-season struggles and record of 2-4, there has been one very big shining light in the form of second-year RB Nick Chubb.
The 23-year-old has been the stand out performer so far this season clocking up 607 rushing yards from 114 attempts for an average of 5.3 per rush, with six touchdowns. Chubb has also been a solid option through the air for Quarterback Baker Mayfield as he is averaging 6.4 yards per reception (128 yards total) from 20 catches.
There is no doubt that Chubb has been the early-season MVP for the Browns and the return of Hunt is sure to give him nothing but more motivation as the two look to battle it at the RB position.
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