CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday afternoon that running back Nick Chubb has been designated for return from injured reserve after missing the last four games with an MCL injury.
During his first four games of the season, Chubb rushed for 335 yards and four touchdowns, dominating the run game and solidifying the identity of the Browns offense. Before injuring his MCL during the Week 4 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Chubb rushed for 43 yards on six carries in the first quarter.
Although he has missed the last four games due to his injury, Chubb still leads the NFL in most 20-plus yard rushes with six.
Chubb is ready for return on Sunday against the Houston Texans, and his goal of being the best rusher in the league has not faltered, according to run game coordinator and running backs coach Stump Mitchell.
“He was off to a great start. All that means is that you all have not seen the best of him. His goal still remains the same. He will have to be twice as good when he gets back,” Mitchell said last month when asked about Chubb’s progress.
Chubb was able to return from the injured reserve after just four weeks due to his hard work at progressing through his injury as well as a new rule this season allowing a player placed on the injured reserve to return after missing only three games.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski previously hinted at the chance of Chubb’s return following the bye week, saying, “That is a possibility, yes.”