CLEVELAND, Ohio — The best news the Browns got coming out of their bye was Nick Chubb getting designated to return from injured reserve. He’s not the only one coming back.
Austin Hooper’s back after his appendectomy. Wyatt Teller is working his way back and could play on Sunday. Myles Garrett is healing and rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips was back at practice.
The Browns didn’t make a trade last week before the deadline, but we’ve been over this — there probably wasn’t a move they could have made to drastically change their fortunes.
Getting Chubb back? Reuniting the Chubb-Kareem Hunt pairing and bringing the balance back to the offense? There wasn’t a more impactful trade out there.
Phillips isn’t going to the Pro Bowl, but the rookie is a sound tackler and we’ve seen him get his hands on the football. Maybe there’s some playmaking there. Regardless, it’s another body to throw at the linebacker position.
Hooper hasn’t put up the numbers he did in Atlanta yet, but head coach Kevin Stefanski made it clear, “any success that we had on offense, No. 81 is heavily involved.”
Everyone deals with injuries in the NFL and the Browns certainly have had their fair share. They won’t get to see Grant Delpit on the field at all and have lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the season, but they’re starting to get healthy at the right time.