Kareem Hunt Injury Update: When Will The Browns RB Return?

Written By Matt Burke on November 28, 2021

Kareem Hunt is one of the most versatile players in the NFL. Cleveland Browns fans and fantasy football owners of Hunt know that for sure, as the former Toledo star can have monster days in both the rushing and passing games. The Browns placed Hunt on injured reserve on Oct. 18, leaving many to wonder when will Kareem Hunt be back and return to the field? We will answer that question below and provide betting options on Hunt and the Browns.

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When will Kareem Hunt be back, return to the Browns?

Update: Hunt is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Ravens but all indications are that he will play Sunday night. The RB was activated off of injured reserve on Saturday.

Hunt was eligible to return from IR two weeks ago but he did not suit up against the Patriots and did not play against the Lions. Hunt does intend to play this week against the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

“We’ll see how practice goes [this week], and I’ll make sure I’m feeling great and be able to go out there and give it my all,” Hunt said, according to Cleveland.com.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Oct. 18 that Hunt would be out 4-6 weeks. The Nov. 28 Ravens game would be five weeks since injury. Here is a look at other potential return time frames for Hunt by date.

  • Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28 at Ravens
  • Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. Ravens
  • Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19 vs. Raiders

Seven weeks would set Hunt up for a return against the Ravens in Week 14. The Browns have their bye during Week 13, making it a possibility that the team would wait to bring him back in early December and give him extra time to heal.

Hunt has a strained right calf and one would think it’s not a mild strain considering the Browns placed the running back on IR. A mild calf strain takes only around three days to recover from while “severe” strains take up to 6 weeks, according to NolaSportsMedicine.

Browns odds

The Browns are 6-5 but are in last place in the crowded AFC North. A win over the Ravens this weekend would go a long way in improving Cleveland’s playoff positioning. Cleveland now has odds to win the Super Bowl and are to make the playoffs.

Kareem Hunt props

The season long rushing over under for Hunt at DraftKings Sportsbook back in August was 650.5 yards. Hunt was well on his way to eclipsing that mark as he has 361 rushing yards in six games on the season.

That’s an average of 60.1 yards rushing per game. If Hunt plays in five games the rest of the way and produces at that level he would wind up at 661 yards on the season. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the RB goes Over his pre-season total despite the large chunk of time missed.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at TheLines.com. He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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