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Nick Chubb’s ACL is torn; he’ll need second surgery

The look inside Nick Chubb’s left knee didn’t turn out as he or the Browns hoped.

His anterior cruciate ligament is torn and will require a second surgery in the coming months, the team announced. That was determined Friday during surgery to repair damage to his medial capsule, meniscus and medial collateral ligament.

The original hope was only the MCL was torn and the recovery time would be six-to-eight months. But, as feared, the ACL needs to be repaired.

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The team’s update said estimated recovery time would mean Chubb would be able to play at some point next season.

Browns head physician James Voos performed the surgery Friday at University Hospitals Drusinsky Sports Medicine Institute.

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Chubb, a four-time Pro Bowl running back and the heart and soul of the team, was injured in the second quarter of the 26-22 loss at Pittsburgh on Sept. 18. Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick hit him directly in the knee while Chubb’s foot was in the ground. The hit was legal, and Fitzpatrick said he wasn’t trying to hurt Chubb.

It’s the second serious injury to the left knee for Chubb. When he was at the University of Georgia in 2015, the knee dislocated and the posterior cruciate, lateral collateral and medial collateral ligaments tore. He rebounded to be the No. 35 pick of the Browns in the second round in 2018 and missed only seven games in his first five NFL seasons.

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Chubb was a Pro Bowler the last four seasons and in five full seasons rushed for 6,341 yards, 48 touchdowns and a 5.3 average. He was off to another great start, rushing for 106 yards and 5.9 per carry in Week 1 and 64 yards on 10 carries vs. the Steelers.

Jerome Ford has replaced Chubb in the starting lineup. Ford, a fifth-round pick in 2022, has rushed 41 times for 160 yards, a 3.9 average and a touchdown. He has five catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns.

Kareem Hunt was re-signed last week in the wake of Chubb’s injury. After not being on a roster during training camp and the preseason, he played 14 snaps in the win over the Titans, carrying five times for 13 yards and catching two passes for 22 yards.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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