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Kareem Hunt ready to return Week 12 vs. Ravens

We break down Monday’s news that Browns running back Kareem Hunt could be returning to practice this week from a calf injury.

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Friday update: Hunt is expected to be elevated from I.R. to play against the Ravens in Week 12. He should be worth starting again in most leagues.

Wednesday update: Hunt has been designated to return from I.R. and like our previous report says, he believes he can play this week. We’ll need to keep an eye on his practice work, but he is trending in the right direction.

Tuesday update: Hunt said on Tuesday morning that he aims to play this week against the Ravens on Sunday Night Football. The team does not need to activate him off IR until Saturday if he is going to play this week, so we will not see his name on the practice participation report.

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski indicated on Monday that running back Kareem Hunt is expected to be back at practice this week, per Zac Jackson of The Athletic. Hunt has been injured reserve due to a calf injury and has missed the last five games for the team.

He was last seen being carted off the field during the team’s Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on October 17. The banged up Cleveland offense has sorely missed Hunt, who combined with Nick Chubb forms one of the most lethal one-two punch backfields in the entire NFL. He had previously ran for 361 yards and five touchdowns in six games before going down with the calf injury.

Fantasy football implications

Fantasy managers should keep tabs on Hunt’s status throughout the week in the event that he is activated for the team’s divisional showdown at Baltimore this Sunday. If not, backup D’Ernest Johnson will remain a viable flex option in his absence.