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Nick Chubb sheds knee brace for Thursday’s practice Week 10

Browns RB Nick Chubb has a chance to play on Sunday against the Texans.

Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Thursday update: Nick Chubb has shed his knee brace and is practicing again on Thursday, per Mary Kay Cabot. This is a good sign for his availability in a good matchup against the Texans this weekend.

The Cleveland Browns are welcoming running back Nick Chubb back to practice as Week 10 opens. Chubb went on injured reserve in Week 5 due to an MCL injury in his knee and is being designated for return in Week 10. This does not mean he will play in Week 10, but if he and the team are comfortable with his conditioning and game shape, he could be available.

Kareem Hunt has been filling in for Chubb and been up and down. On the season, Hunt is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, but he’s averaging 3.9 yards per carry in four starts since Chubb got hurt. D’Ernest Johnson has served as a complementary back, but nothing like what Hunt was to Chubb.

The Browns had a bye last week and will likely practice on Monday. The team does not have to release an official practice participation report until Wednesday’s practice, but since Chubb is still technically on IR, he won’t appear on the participation report. We’ll be relying on media and head coach Kevin Stefanski to provide us with insight.