This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
The Cleveland Browns
The Browns are dealing with multiple injuries to three key components of their offense. The issues start in the backfield with running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb. Chubb did not play in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals due to a calf injury. Hunt, who nursed minor knee and wrist issues throughout the week, suffered his own calf strain on Sunday and has already been ruled out for "multiple weeks." It sounds like Hunt has a moderate or Grade 2 strain, and a trip to the injured reserve appears likely. The designation would sideline Hunt for at least three weeks, though I'm betting he needs more than the minimum allotted time. Chubb appears to have suffered a milder strain but remains unlikely for Week 7.
Like hamstring strains, calf strains can be slow to heal and easily aggravated. In fact, the two muscle groups are closely connected, and both influence the knee in similar ways. Rushing the recovery of either player could result in a lingering, chronic issue or a more significant problem along the kinetic chain. Considering the Browns play Thursday, leading to an abbreviated week of preparation, look for D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton to man the backfield against the Broncos.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield may also be in street clothes Thursday, as he aggravated his previous shoulder injury. Mayfield is dealing with a torn glenoid labrum in his nonthrowing shoulder that initially occurred in Cleveland's Week 2 win over the Texans. Mayfield was seen