Even with a healthy Nick Chubb in the lineup, one might argue that the Cleveland Browns lacked depth at running back. That argument is already concluded.
Backup running back Jerome Ford performed excellently against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football following what appeared to be a season-ending injury to Chubb's left leg,
which the MNF crew elected not to show on replay due to the brutal nature of the incident. It's available here, via a post to X.
While Ford appears to be Cleveland's immediate replacement, after Chubb's injury, commentator Troy Aikman proposed that the Browns attempt to re-sign former running back Kareem Hunt,
who spent the previous four seasons with the team before leaving via free agency in March.
While there was some talk about a reunion with Hunt before of the season, the Browns put that to rest over the summer.
"I believe the Browns will add another running back before the season, but it will not be a big-name back like Dalvin Cook or Ezekiel Elliott, and they will not re-sign Kareem Hunt,"
Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot said on June 18. "I believe he will be a potential No. 3 back behind Nick Chubb and Jerome Ford,
capable of serving as a solid No. 2 in the event of injury and churning out 100 yards if both Chubb and Ford are injured."
It remains to be seen whether Pierre Strong Jr. is that player. Even after doctors carted Chubb off the field, he played sparingly Monday night.