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Browns place Nick Chubb into concussion protocol

Running back was hurt during Monday’s practice on a hit from linebacker Mack Wilson.

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The Cleveland Browns placed running back Nick Chubb into the league-mandated concussion protocol on Tuesday.

The club did not give a timetable for Chubb’s return, other than to say he will not be practicing today.

Chubb was injured about midway through Monday’s practice when he caught a screen pass and was then tackled around the neck by linebacker Mack Wilson. Chubb’s head hit the ground on the tackle.

Following the play, defensive coordinator Joe Woods yelled at Wilson and head coach Kevin Stefanski pulled Wilson aside for a private chat.

On Tuesday, Stefanski reiterated that players have to be smart on the practice field, according to clevelandbrowns.com:

“It was disappointing. We’ve got to be smart. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’re going to continue to have our pads on. We have to make sure we get it done while taking care of each other.”

Tight end David Njoku was also not happy about the play and can be seen in the video coming across the field to confront Wilson.

Njoku declined to reveal what he said to Wilson, but he echoed Stefanski’s thoughts on Tuesday, according to The Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich:

“This is a tough sport, and with that being said, we had our first padded practice yesterday. Nevertheless, that wasn’t right nor does anybody condone that behavior. But tensions fly. Things happen. But we try to take care of each other.”

There is plenty of time for Chubb to recover before the season opens on September 13, which is good. The bad part, however, is that once a player has a concussion they become more susceptible to sustaining another one, so that may turn into something to watch as the season progresses.