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Kareem Hunt goes on COVID-19 list for Week 15 game vs. Raiders

We break down this week’s news that Kareem Hunt has an ankle injury and is on the COVID-19 list. What it means for Week 15 and beyond.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) rushes for yards during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday update: Hunt has been added to the COVID-19 list along with a host of other players. Hunt wasn’t going to play with an ankle injury as it is, but here is yet another obstacle.

Wednesday update — Even though Wednesday’s practice session was a walkthrough, the Browns estimated Hunt as a DNP. That’s back-to-back DNPs for the running back, who is trending in the wrong direction for Saturday’s Week 15 game against the Raiders.

Tuesday update — Hunt is going to be listed as a DNP on the practice report for Tuesday with his ankle issue. We already know that the RB is likely going to be out for Week 15 on Saturday against the Raiders at 4:30 p.m. ET. The short week doesn’t help and now the Browns are dealing with a big COVID-19 outbreak. Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper could join Hunt on the sideline for the offense.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt just recently came off of injured reserve and is now likely out in Week 15 due to a new ankle injury, per Camryn Justice. Hunt was forced from their Week 14 game against the Ravens and now will miss Week 15 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Nick Chubb remains the lead back for Cleveland, but there is little doubt that Hunt’s presence helps the offense and before his injuries, he was scoring touchdowns and seeing enough work to be a fantasy football asset.

With Hunt out, Chubb has been the lead back still, while D’Ernest Johnson has been the backup. Johnson will again step up this week to likely see between 5-10 touches.

Fantasy football implications

Chubb remains a solid fantasy play, especially in a good matchup with the Raiders, who have been struggling.

This game will be on Saturday, so don’t forget to get those lineups set early!