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Despite gruesome knee injury, Nick Chubb is believed to have only suffered torn MCL

On Monday Night Football in Week 2, All-Pro running back Nick Chubb's season came to a screeching halt. A hit from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick bent Chubb's knee in the wrong direction and Chubb had to be carted off the field.

Many speculated that the injury could be career-threatening, given how serious it looked in the replay angles. But Chubb might be built out of steel, because the injury is believed to be only a torn MCL.

Optimism for Nick Chubb

It's relatively good news considering how gruesome the injury looked to viewers. It was so stomach-turning that ESPN refused to show the replay.

Chubb is still expected to miss the entire 2023 season, and a torn knee ligament is concerning no matter which way you look at it. A 6-8 month timetable signals the MCL tear was significant.

According to Adam Schefter's report, Chubb's ACL was "stretched" when the hit occurred, but ultimately it did not get torn. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reports that it's possible Chubb will have to undergo surgery to repair his ACL,which will be determined after the MCL surgery that's slated for this upcoming week.

Cleveland Brown RB Options

While Chubb recovers, the Browns will be handing the keys to the backfield over to Jerome Ford. Ford is a second-year back who played at Alabama and Cincinnati during his collegiate career. He showed off his ability on that same Monday night game, exploding for a 69-yard run.

Kareem Hunt has been signed to provide depth. Hunt spent the past four seasons in Cleveland, but really struggled in 2022. He will act as a change-of-pace and passing down option, as head coach Kevin Stefanski has already named Ford the starter.

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