Nick Chubb returns to action.
On Friday, the star-shooting fullback was officially activated from the reserve/COVID-19 roster, allowing him to play in Sunday’s game against the winless Detroit Lions.
The club also activated pass-catching back “Demetric Felton” from the COVID-19 roster. The two vaccinated RBs tested positive last week, forcing them to miss the week 10 loss to the New England Patriots.
Reserve back John Kelly was activated on Thursday.
Getting Chubb back will be a big boon to the Browns’ offense, who took just seven points against New England last week without the star.
Chubb is the engine of the Cleveland attack. D’Ernest Johnson came in well, with 157 scrimmage yards — the only Browns skill player with more than 26 yards on the day — but it’s another offense with Chubb in the lineup.
The bulldozer back can hit a crease and turn a potential 4-yard gain into a 30-yard cut. It’s the kind of great playing skill that the Browns attack missed last week after the game’s opening drive. The Browns are 1-2 this season in games Chubb has missed. Despite having played three games, the RB has still generated the third-most rushing yards in the NFL (721).
The Browns have averaged 154.1 rush yards per game this season (2nd in the NFL). The Lions have allowed the third-most rush YPG this season (135.7), giving up more than 100 rush yards in seven out of nine games — the Steelers had 145 rush yards against Detroit in Week 10.