Browns' Chubb suffers season-ending knee injury
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb will undergo season-ending knee surgery after sustaining an injury during Monday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed Tuesday, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.
Chubb was carted off the field following a violent collision with Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick early in the second quarter. He was in visible pain, and the ESPN broadcast declined to show a replay of the hit due to its gruesome nature.
He suffered MCL, PCL, and LCL damage in the same knee while playing for Georgia in October 2015.
The four-time Pro Bowl tailback rushed for 64 yards prior to his exit Monday. Chubb entered the matchup with 106 yards following Cleveland's season-opening win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cleveland will lean on Jerome Ford as its featured back, Stefanski said, per Cabot. Second-year man Pierre Strong Jr. is the only other running back on the roster.
Stefanski wouldn't say if the team would be interested in bringing back veteran Kareem Hunt, who played for the Browns from 2019-22, but did say the team will look to add another back. Hunt ran for 468 yards and three touchdowns while adding 210 yards and another score through the air last season.
Chubb rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past four seasons. He racked up a career-high 1,525 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns in 2022. He also added 27 receptions for 239 yards.
The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $36.6-million contract extension with the Browns in July 2021.