BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns will host the undefeated Arizona Cardinals this Sunday without one of their top players.
The Browns announced on Friday that Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has been ruled out for the matchup with the Cardinals due to a calf injury. Chubb is coming off his best performance of the season last week at the Chargers, rushing for 161 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown. So far this season, Chubb has rushed for 523 yards, second only to Tennessee's Derrick Henry for the most in the NFL.
With Chubb out, Kareem Hunt should expect to get the bulk of the work at running back against Arizona.
Chubb, the two-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a three-year, $36.6 million extension over the summer, which will keep him under contract in Cleveland through the 2024 season.
Also on Friday, the Browns announced that linebacker Malcolm Smith has been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Cardinals due to an abdominal injury. The good news is that Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been designated to return to the team off of the injured reserve list. Landry has missed the past three games with a sprained MCL.
Landry’s designation for return doesn’t guarantee that he will be on the field this Sunday when the Browns take on the Cardinals, but it does open the door for that to happen. Since Landry has been designated to return, the Browns have up to three weeks to activate him on the roster.
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