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Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb ruled out for Week 6 with a calf injury

Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

The team made the move official on Friday after he missed a third straight day of practice with a calf injury. He suffered the injury late in last week's game against the Chargers.

The Browns are unsure if he’ll have to go on injured reserve, in which case he would miss at least three games.

Chubb is second in the NFL with 523 rushing yards on the season. He is averaging 5.8 yards per carry with four touchdowns.

Kareem Hunt is likely to get a larger workload in the offense, though he is officially listed as questionable on the injury report with a wrist and knee injury. All indications are that he’ll play.

The Browns also listed left tackle Jedrick Wills, right tackle Jack Conklin and defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney as questionable.

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Kareem Hunt is a top-5 running back: Chubb's absence opens the door for Hunt to see north of 20 touches in Week 6 versus PFF's 31st-ranked run defense. Hunt has been excellent on the ground this year as PFF's third-highest graded running back (83.0). PFF's updated projections slot Hunt in as the RB3 in PPR leagues and RB4 in standard formats. Click here to find PFF's fantasy projections.

Add D'Ernest Johnson: Last season when Chubb was hurt, Johnson got some run as the RB2. Hunt is questionable, so Johnson will likely command a 25% to 30% snap share to go along with four to 10 touches. That's in line with his role from 2020. Demetric Felton is the other Cleveland running back, but he has been used more like a slot receiver than traditional backfield runner this year. Click here to find PFF's 2021 fantasy rankings.

Move Odell Beckham Jr. up the rankingsWhen teams suffer injuries, they need other positions to pick up the slack. Expect OBJ to be more involved, along with the tight ends and the entire Browns passing game without Chubb. Click here to find PFF'WR/CB Matchup Chart.

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