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Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton test positive for COVID-19, will not play in Week 10

The Browns will be shorthanded at running back as Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton both tested positive.

Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 7, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Chubb and Felton will not be able to play in Week 10 per head coach Kevin Stefanski. Fire up D’Ernest Johnson in your fantasy leagues.

Friday update: Chubb is still on the COVID-19 list and has until Saturday at 4 pm to be cleared.

Wednesday update: Head coach Kevin Stefanski doesn’t yet know when Chubb and Felton will be cleared and removed from the COVID-19 list.

The Cleveland Browns have learned that running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton have tested positive for COVID-19, per Adam Schefter. Both players are vaccinated, which means they can return to play after they have two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

D’Ernest Johnson is currently Chubb’s backup due to Kareem Hunt being on injured reserve with a calf injury. Johnson has impressed as injuries have hurt the Browns running back depth chart. He started in Week 7 against the Broncos and had 168 total yards and a touchdown in the Thursday Night Football win.

If Chubb tested positive on Tuesday, the absolute earliest Chubb could return to the team is on Thursday after a second consecutive negative test. He likely can play without getting in practice this week, so even if it takes until a second positive test on Sunday, he would likely be able to play. In the meantime, Johnson will get first team snaps.

If it looks like both Chubb and Felton will be unable to play this week, the team will sign a running back for depth. Right now, the team has fullback Johnny Stanton on the practice squad. Look for the Browns to add a veteran to the practice squad just in case.