Teller, who has been out since straining his right calf in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, has been limited in practice this week. Chubb, who has been out since suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, has not been on the injury report because he has not been activated to the roster from the injury list, but he has practiced, both with and without a knee brace.
In their absence, the rushing attack has gone from the league’s best at 204.5 yards per game to being ranked No. 5, although at a still respectable 150 yards per game.
While the offense can certainly use Teller and Chubb, head coach Kevin Stefanski will wait until after Friday’s practice to decide if they can play on Sunday, according to cleveland.com:
“We will get to Friday and make a determination if (Nick) will be ready to go. If he is ready to go, then it is his comfort level and the doctors’ and trainers’ comfort level with that brace. We will include that as part of the conversation. I would say I am hopeful, but I want to let this week play out.
“I would say similarly (about Wyatt), I am hopeful, but I will make sure that we wait until Friday to see three straight days of practice before we make a determination.”
There was some speculation that Teller would return for Cleveland’s last game before the bye week, but Teller said on Thursday that his goal was to make sure he would stay on the field once he came back, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“It has been a process the past four weeks. I wanted to make it back, but I do not want the same injury to be nagging all year. You definitely want to take advantage of the bye week, take advantage of the couple weeks that I had off and come back with a vengeance to get this game back on track.”
Chubb echoed Teller’s desire to help get the run game clicking again, he told clevelandbrowns.com:
“We have other things still ahead of us and have everything still available for us. All we can do is get better. We had a good bye week, a good couple of days. I think we are ready to get out and grind on the field. I’m here, and I’m ready to play.”
The Browns have split the four games they have played without the duo of Chubb and Teller to stay in the playoff race at 5-3, but have missed their production. A return to health from both players will help the team as it begins its playoff drive.
We’ll just all have to wait one more day to find out if that return will take place against the Texans or not.