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Nick Chubb returns from injured reserve

Browns welcome back their top running back after missing Chubb for the past four games.

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The Cleveland Browns made it official on Monday as the team announced that running back Nick Chubb has been designated to return from injured reserve.

Chubb has missed the team’s past four games after sustaining a knee injury in the Week 4 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

It is good news for the Browns as the team returns from its bye week and starts preparing for a second-half playoff push in what has quickly become a crowded field. Cleveland is 5-3 on the season and currently in a four-team tie for the final two playoff spots in the AFC.

The Browns hold the tiebreaker over the Indianapolis Colts thanks to their Week 5 win, lose out on a tiebreaker with the Las Vegas Raiders because of their Week 8 defeat. The Miami Dolphins are also in the mix, but the Browns and Dolphins are not scheduled to play this season, so we’ll hold off on a potential lengthy tiebreaker procedure between the two teams for the moment.

Chubb’s return should help get Cleveland’s rushing attack back on track. Before his injury, the Browns were averaging 204.5 rushing yards per game, which put them at the top of the league rankings. But without Chubb, the Browns have been averaging just 95.5 rushing yards per game and have dropped to No. 5 in the league’s rankings. Running back Kareem Hunt has worked to pick up the slack, but he has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and 81 yards per game of total offense with Chubb out of the lineup.

The Browns were back at practice on Monday as they prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.