Cleveland Browns Stadium experienced a pleasant surprise as running back Nick Chubb made his return to the sidelines on Sunday, marking his first appearance since sustaining a season-ending injury. The 27-year-old Chubb had suffered a torn MCL and a partially torn ACL during the Browns’ week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 18.
Initial reports from NFL insider Jordan Schultz suggested a potential knee dislocation for Chubb, possibly involving multiple ligament damages.
#Browns RB Nick Chubb’s prognosis is far more optimistic than it originally appeared. Sources say he suffered a torn MCL and while there is damage to the ACL, it’s not a given it’ll need to be fully repaired. He plans on a full recovery.
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2023
However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided a more optimistic update on September 23, stating that the season-ending injury was not as severe as initially feared, and Chubb is anticipated to fully recover.
— Ashly Holder (@AshNoelleTV) November 19, 2023
Following the injury, Chubb underwent surgery on his MCL on September 29, followed by ACL surgery on November 14. Both procedures were deemed successful, paving the way for Chubb’s eventual return to the field.