Kareem Hunt, who resumed practicing this week after injuring his calf in a game against the Cardinals last month, has been activated from injured reserve, putting the fifth-year running back on track to play Sunday night in Baltimore. He’ll slot in behind starter Nick Chubb with D’Ernest Johnson, who starred throughout Hunt’s five-game absence, likely reduced to a change-of-pace role, fending for scraps as a distant third option in a loaded Browns backfield.
Before his injury, Hunt had been averaging 87 yards from scrimmage on 14.8 touches per game. Hunt went ballistic the last time he faced the Ravens in 2020, totaling 110 yards and two touchdowns in a Monday night slugfest (Lamar Jackson left that game for a large portion of the fourth quarter while battling what appeared to be digestive issues).
Along with Hunt, Cleveland also activated Jack Conklin, who missed three games with a dislocated elbow suffered in a loss to Pittsburgh back in Week 8. Black Hance had been filling in for Conklin, an All-Pro selection in 2020, at right tackle. Reserve lineman Hjalte Froholdt and defensive end Joe Jackson were waived in the corresponding moves with practice-squad players Porter Gustin and JoJo Natson both elevated to the active roster.
The 6-5 Browns enter Sunday’s action a half-game out of the AFC’s Wild Card berth, currently held by Los Angeles (6-4). Despite what has been an inconsistent season, the Browns can regain control of the AFC North with a victory Sunday night. In an odd schedule quirk, the Browns will play their next two games against Baltimore, hosting the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium after their Week 13 bye.