Cleveland Browns star Nick Chubb suffered a seemingly severe knee injury in Week 2 against the Steelers, but medical assessments have provided a somewhat positive outlook.
Chubb‘s injury was diagnosed as a torn MCL in his left knee, which, fortunately, is not expected to be career-ending. Although his ACL was stretched, it did not tear, though further tests may determine if reconstruction surgery is necessary.
Chubb faces a recovery timeline of six to eight months and will undergo at least one surgery to address the knee damage.
The injury initially raised concerns due to Chubb‘s past experience with a devastating knee injury in 2015 during his time at the University of Georgia, where he suffered multiple ligament tears and a dislocated kneecap.
This time, the injury occurred during a five-yard run when Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick tackled him low, causing his knee to bend unnaturally.
Following Chubb’s injury, the Browns named Jerome Ford as the starting running back, and they also re-signed veteran tailback Kareem Hunt, who previously played for the team.
Chubb’s pre-injury record
Before his injury, Chubb had recorded 170 rushing yards on 28 attempts in the current season, consistently surpassing 1,000 yards in each of the last four seasons.
In the previous year, he recorded an impressive 1,525 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 302 carries. While the injury is a setback, the prognosis suggests that Chubb may eventually return to action on the football field.