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Kareem Hunt inactive for finale vs. Bengals

CLEVELAND – Kareem Hunt’s injury-plagued season is officially over.

The dynamic running back is inactive today for the season finale vs. the Bengals.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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The other inactives are: safeties Ronnie Harrison Jr. (ankle) and Richard LeCounte III, cornerback Troy Hill (knee), defensive tackle Sheldon Day and guard Hjalte Froholdt.

It will be interesting to see how much other key guys play in a game with no playoff implications. The Browns (7-9) were eliminated last week, and the Bengals (10-6) clinched the AFC North title.

Hunt will miss his fourth straight game with an ankle injury. He missed five earlier in the season with a calf injury — the first time in his five-year career he was sidelined by injury.

In eight games, he rushed for 386 yards, a 4.9 average and five touchdowns. He caught 22 passes for 174 yards.

Hill will miss his fourth straight game. The nickelback missed one earlier in the year with a neck sprain. 

He started four of 12 games with 49 tackles, seven for loss, two sacks and a pass defensed. He signed a two-year, $9 million contract as a free agent in the offseason.

Harrison is set to become a free agent in March. He’ll miss his fifth straight game.

He’s started 11 of 12 games, totaling an interception, three passes defensed, a sack, 58 tackles and four tackles for loss.

Center JC Tretter was named the game captain.

The Bengals inactives are: quarterback Joe Burrow (knee/rest), kicker Evan McPherson (right groin), receiver Tee Higgins (rest), linebacker Logan Wilson (rest), defensive tackle D.J. Reader (rest), defensive end Cam Sample (hamstring) and cornerback Jalen Davis (ankle).

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