Nick Chubb is officially back.
The Cleveland Browns activated the Pro Bowl on Saturday and withdrew from the injured reserve, clearing the way for his return against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Since the fourth week, Chubb has missed the game due to a knee injury, but has been practicing with the team all week. He has 335 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season.
During the first four weeks of the season, when Chubb remained healthy, the Browns led the NFL with 205 rushing yards per game-25 yards more than any other offense. They also ranked first in the league with 5.9 yards per sprint.
Kareem Hunt is considered to be one of the best guards in the league in terms of central defenders, and he entered the starting lineup without Chubb. But in the absence of Chubb for a stronger defense, the Browns have averaged 96 yards per game in the past four games, ranking 24th, and averaging only 3.9 yards per game, ranking 26th in the league. .
Quarterback Baker Mayfield said this week that having Chubb and Hunt together could help Cleveland raid.
Mayfield said: “Being able to subdue those guys with fresh legs is an important part of our offense, and it can also be defensive.”