The Cleveland Browns have been informed that running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton have tested positive for COVID-19, per Adam Schefter. Both players have been vaccinated, meaning they can play again after having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
D’Ernest Johnson is currently Chubb’s backup as Kareem Hunt is on reserve with a calf injury. Johnson has impressed as injuries have hurt the Browns running back depth chart. He started Week 7 against the Broncos and had a total of 168 yards and a touchdown in the game Thursday night football to win.
If Chubb tested positive on Tuesday, the absolute earliest Chubb can return to the team on Thursday, after a second consecutive negative test. He can probably play this week without getting into training, so even if it lasts until a second positive test on Sunday, he could probably play. Meanwhile, Johnson gets photos of the first team.
If it looks like both Chubb and Felton won’t be able to play this week, the team is signing a running back for depth. At the moment, the team has fullback Johnny Stanton on its practice squad. Look for the Browns to add a veteran to the practice team just in case.