Running back Kareem Hunt must leave the building Saturday afternoon at 4.
Receiver Antonio Callaway is allowed to stick around the Browns facility.
The Browns had asked the NFL to permit both players to remain around the team while serving their suspensions to open the season. Hunt won’t be allowed at team headquarters in Berea, while Callaway may be there but can’t practice, a league spokesman told The Chronicle-Telegram in an email Wednesday.
Hunt was suspended for eight games for two off-field altercations in 2018 while with the Kansas City Chiefs, including kicking and shoving a woman. Callaway was suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The Browns signed Hunt on Feb. 11. He has been going to counseling, and the Browns believe he would be better served by being around the team and having the structure of an NFL schedule.
“It hurts him not to be around there because if you can be around your teammates, that can help you keep a positive attitude, and that definitely helps,” quarterback Baker Mayfield told The Associated Press. “So that’s tough to hear.”
The league’s policy is to ban players disciplined for violating the personal conduct policy from team facilities. If the league adheres to the policy for the duration of the suspension, Hunt wouldn’t be allowed back until Monday, Nov. 4. His first game would be Nov. 10 vs. the Buffalo Bills.
Coach Freddie Kitchens said Tuesday a benefit of Callaway being in the building is he can continue to get treatment from the team’s medical staff for a high ankle sprain. He hasn’t practiced since suffering the injury during the preseason opener Aug. 8. He can return for the Monday night game Oct. 7 at San Francisco.