The Cleveland Browns have already been playing without starting running back Nick Chubb and now they may be down another for a while, as backup Jerome Ford is expected to miss multiple weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Ford was injured in the Browns’ Week 7 win over the Indianapolis Colts and according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, is expected to miss one to two weeks.
The Browns will play at the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday and host the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 5 before back-to-back divisional games against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 12 and Steelers on Nov. 19.
While Ford is out, veteran Kareem Hunt will likely carry the mantle for the Browns. Hunt had been with the Browns since 2019, but was a free agent this summer and throughout the start of the season. He re-signed in Cleveland after Chubb’s injury. In the last four games, he has 32 carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns and is averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
Cleveland also has Pierre Strong in the backfield. The 2022 New England Patriots draft pick has 21 carries for 102 yards and one score this season. The Browns do not have a running back on their practice squad.
Chubb is expected to miss the entire 2023 season after a knee injury that required surgery to both his ACL and MCL. Chubb suffered the injury on a hit by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick on Sept. 18.
A fifth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2022, Ford has rushed for 356 yards and two touchdowns in his two-year Browns career.