The NFL announced that running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 NFL season.
The all-pro running back recently signed with the Cleveland Browns following his release from the Kansas City Chiefs in November amid a domestic violence altercation.
Kareem Hunt has officially been suspended 8 games by the NFL.
Hunt is an elite running back who led the league in rushing with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season. He can catch out of the backfield and is a terror in the open field. His versatility and playmaking ability established him among the NFL’s best players and the Browns expect nothing less once he makes his debut in Week 9.
Until then, the Browns will focus on second-year back Nick Chubb, who impressed in his rookie season. Chubb, who was selected with the No. 35 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, ran for 996 yards and eight touchdowns despite not starting until late October. The former Georgia Bulldog also never fumbled the football on his 192 rushing attempts.
Not only do the Browns feel they have a franchise back in Nick Chubb, they still have veteran Duke Johnson on the roster. Johnson, who never found himself a consistent role with the Browns, has been rumored to be on the trade block now that his already limited role inevitably will shrink upon Hunt’s return. However, holding onto him only make sense until they get Hunt back for Week 9.
Ultimately, the Cleveland Browns have arguably the best backfield in the NFL with Chubb, Hunt and Johnson. Whether all three will ever be on the same sideline, however, remains to be seen.
Kareem Hunt is a spectacular football player that has a lot of growing up to do. The Cleveland native is back home, excited for another opportunity and hopefully learned his lesson with this suspension. Hunt’s statement regarding his suspension is below.
NFL announces suspension for RB Kareem Hunt
The Browns have offered second chances to numerous players and general manager John Dorsey has made it clear that if you take advantage of them – you’re out the door. Dorsey drafted Kareem Hunt just two years ago and has offered his support of the young man he came to know, as has the entire team.
The Cleveland Browns are the hottest team in the NFL right now, regardless of Hunt’s suspension. However, once they get him back for Week 9 – the already loaded offense that includes Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb and David Njoku only becomes that much more dangerous.
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