The Cleveland Browns made it official on Saturday:
Running back Nick Chubb is back.
The club formally activated Chubb to the active roster from injured reserve on Saturday. Chubb made it through a full week of practice in good shape and will be on the field when the Browns host the Houston Texans on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Chubb’s return after missing four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee comes at a good time, as the Browns open up the second half of the season hoping to put together a playoff run.
In Chubb’s absence, Cleveland’s 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 pace of 150 yards per game.
A week after Chubb went down against the Dallas Cowboys, the Browns also lost right guard Wyatt Teller to a strained calf muscle, which also had an impact on the running game. Teller is also expected back in the lineup on Sunday.
Teller and Chubb should help the Browns get rolling against the Texans, who come into the game allowing an average of 5.1 yards per carry and 159.5 rushing yards per game, both of which are among the league’s worst marks.
The Browns also added guard Michael Dunn to the active roster for Sunday in the wake of guard Chris Hubbard landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The 6-foot-5 and 315-pound Dunn was originally signed by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He spent that season on the Rams practice squad before moving on to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad in 2019.
Before landing on Cleveland’s practice squad this year, Dunn played with the Birmingham Iron of the defunct AAF and the Seattle Dragons of the defunct XLF.