The Cleveland Browns’ star working again, Nick Chubb, was carted off the sphere with what gave the impression to be a extreme knee harm throughout his group’s 26-22 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday evening.
Steelers security Minkah Fitzpatrick got here in low for a deal with on the finish of a five-yard run early within the second quarter and delivered successful to Chubb’s legs. Chubb remained on the bottom for a number of minutes whereas teammates gathered in prayer close by. He ultimately left on a cart. ESPN selected to not present replays of the incident.
“I’m instructed the replay of Nick Chubb getting injured is to not be seen,” play-by-play announcer Joe Buck stated.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski stated after the sport that he expects Chubb to overlook the remainder of the season.
Chubb suffered a severe harm to the identical knee in 2015 whereas in faculty at Georgia – a dislocation with three torn ligaments. That harm compelled Chubb to overlook the second half of his sophomore yr, however he returned to high 1,000 yards speeding in 2016 and 2017. He was a second-round choose by the Browns in 2018. Over the past six years, he has been one of many few constants for the Browns, averaging over 1,250 yards speeding a season for a group that has slowly emerged as a contender within the AFC North.
NBA star and Ohio native LeBron James and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had been amongst those that expressed assist for Chubb on social media.
James posted he was “praying for the best possible” with Jackson providing an identical sentiment.
The Steelers protection had been important in Pittsburgh’s victory, scoring on an Alex Highsmith interception return and a TJ Watt fumble restoration. They harried Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson all evening, sacking him six occasions. Watt additionally grew to become the Steelers’ all-time sack chief, when he recorded No 81.5 of his profession.
“He’s the perfect within the league at what he does,” stated Highsmith of Watt after the sport. “I’m simply grateful to play alongside him.”
The Browns thought they had been disadvantaged of a cross interference name on fourth down as they drove to win the sport within the last two minutes however it was dominated an incompletion and the Steelers knelt to run the clock down and finish the sport.
Watson was poor as soon as once more for the Browns, an issue that makes the lack of Chubb look much more damaging for Cleveland. He accomplished 22 of 40 for 235 yards with a landing and an interception. He was additionally flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct for grabbing the facemask of a Steeler whereas working. The penalties lower a pair of promising drives quick.
Kenny Pickett and the Steelers’ offense additionally struggled. Pickett went 15 of 30 for 222 yards with a landing and interception.
In Monday’s different recreation, Tony Jones Jr ran for 2 touchdowns, rookie Blake Grupe kicked two discipline objectives and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 20-17 to enhance to 2-0 for the primary time since 2013.
Jones, who was elevated from the follow squad, changed the injured Jamaal Williams late within the first half and ran for 34 yards on 12 carries. The Saints protection did the remainder, holding the Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Younger, the No 1 total choose on this yr’s draft, to 153 yards passing in his Monday Evening Soccer debut. The New Orleans protection restricted winless Carolina to simply 239 yards and sacked Younger 4 occasions.
The Saints almost made it two full video games with out permitting a landing earlier than giving up a three-yard scoring toss from Younger to Adam Thielen with 1:16 left within the recreation.