Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (hernia) recently had sports-hernia surgery to fix a ruptured adductor, according to sources. Hunt played in 15 games in his fifth year with the Browns in 2023, but he was listed on the injury report often with a groin injury and averaged a career-low 3.0 yards per carry on 135 attempts for 411 rushing yards and a career-high nine rushing TDs in the regular season. He added a career-low 15 receptions for 84 yards through the air. The 28-year-old's lower numbers now make more sense, but he still had plenty of fantasy appeal as a flex play because of his red-zone usage and nose for the end zone. Hunt could be more effective with better health in 2024, but he's also scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His fantasy appeal will depend on where he lands, and there's a good chance it won't be in Cleveland.
Jan 30, 2024 8:42 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt remains interested in re-signing with the team during the upcoming offseason, he told Jake Trotter of ESPN. The veteran "loves the organization" but does intend to consider other opportunities outside of Cleveland this offseason, too. Hunt joined the Browns prior to Week 3 in an effort to bolster the backfield after Nick Chubb (knee) tore his ACL. Although Jerome Ford was the team's lead running back, Hunt led the way with nine rushing touchdowns. He also contributed 411 rushing yards and 84 receiving yards. Even if he re-signs with Cleveland, the veteran will likely be buried in a depth role behind Chubb and Ford.
Jan 14, 2024 3:49 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball eight times for 26 yards and a touchdown while adding five catches for nine yards and a second touchdown in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Hunt provided the only offense for the Browns in the lopsided loss as he scored both of his touchdowns in the first half on Saturday afternoon. Hunt was signed by Cleveland after Nick Chubb's season-ending knee injury in Week 2 and is slated to become an unrestricted free-agent yet again this offseason. It remains to be seen whether the Browns show interest in bringing him back as it would likely depend on how Chubb is progressing in his rehab this offseason.
Jan 14, 2024 7:39 AM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) missed practice to start the week but was upgraded to a limited session on Wednesday and practiced fully on Thursday as he gears up to face off against the Houston Texans in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Hunt is listed without an injury designation heading into Saturday and should be fresh after seeing just one touch in a Week 18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans represent a tough matchup for Hunt as they allowed just the 19th-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in the regular season. Hunt has been very touchdown-dependent as a fantasy asset this season and will need to find the end zone again this weekend to return value in DFS contests. He's on the radar as a low-end RB2 for weekend slates.
Jan 11, 2024 6:23 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running backs Pierre Strong Jr. (back) and Kareem Hunt (groin) were both listed as limited at the team's practice on Wednesday. Both players were non-participants on Tuesday's report, but they both returned on Wednesday. Strong, who has been an infrequently used No. 3 RB for the Browns, could be questionable to suit up for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans. Hunt, meanwhile, has been managing a groin injury in recent weeks but hasn't missed any time, so he should be available for wild-card weekend. The 28-year-old has been a change-of-pace option for Cleveland next to Jerome Ford this year after Nick Chubb (knee) suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the year. Hunt will be a low-cost, low-upside, touchdown-dependent DFS play against the Texans.
Jan 10, 2024 7:00 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) is not participating in practice on Tuesday leading up to the postseason matchup with the Houston Texans due to a groin injury. The 28-year-old has been listed with a groin injury for several weeks and has often missed practice, so it's not a concerning development as of now. Hunt has compiled 411 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns, 15 receptions, and 84 receiving yards in 15 games this season while sharing a backfield with Jerome Ford. As a part-time back, he's not a favorable fantasy playoff league target, but he could be a sleeper pick in DFS contests. That said, Houston is just a neutral matchup for fantasy running backs.
Jan 9, 2024 2:54 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt caught his lone target for a five-yard gain in a 31-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. Hunt and Jerome Ford were both very lightly used as the Browns opted to rest several key players ahead of their Wild Card showdown against the Houston Texans next week. Hunt will return to his goal-line and short-yardage role for that matchup next weekend, making him a touchdown-or-bust option in playoff leagues and DFS contests.
Jan 7, 2024 4:25 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) missed practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full session by Friday and is listed without an injury designation heading into a Week 18 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Whether Hunt actually plays on Sunday against the Bengals remains to be seen as the Browns already have the No. 5 seed in the AFC locked up and don't have much motivation to put their key players in harm's way. Although they haven't officially announced it, both Hunt and Jerome Ford are candidates to sit out of action in Week 18. If that does happen, Pierre Strong Jr. would be elevated to the lead role against a Cincinnati defense that is allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season, making him an interesting name for DFS contests. Stay tuned.
Jan 6, 2024 9:41 AM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) was present at practice on Thursday but had his repetitions limited. It's an improvement after Hunt didn't practice on Wednesday. Hunt has been a regular on the injury report this season but he hasn't missed a game. The fact that the 28-year-old was able to return to practice on Thursday bodes well for his availability for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Browns could hold out many of their starters this weekend while already being locked into the No. 5 seed for the playoffs, which will make Hunt a risky DFS option in Week 18. Hopefully we'll get a better feel for which starters besides quarterback Joe Flacco will be rested and whether Hunt will play by Friday or Saturday.
Jan 4, 2024 11:13 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) will not practice with the team on Wednesday. Hunt has battled a groin injury off and on throughout the year but should be able to return to practice on Thursday or Friday. The 28-year-old is averaging just 3.04 yards per carry on 135 rushing attempts this year for the Browns, but he has found the end zone nine times on the ground, including once in each of the last two games. Hunt should be healthy enough to play in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, but all of Cleveland's starters on offense will be extremely risky fantasy options because of the fact they could be rested. The Browns are locked into the No. 5 spot in the AFC for the playoffs and have already announced quarterback Joe Flacco won't play.
Jan 3, 2024 3:50 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards and a touchdown while failing to corral his lone target in a 37-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 17. Hunt scored on a seven-yard run in the first quarter, giving him nine touchdowns on the season and three over his past four games. While he only has 14 catches over 14 games, Hunt has found the end zone frequently enough to be a flex option most weeks. He will cap off the regular season on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18.
Dec 29, 2023 6:17 AM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) found the end zone in a Week 16 win over the Houston Texans. He will now look to score again in Week 17's Thursday night game against the New York Jets. Hunt missed practice with a groin issue on Monday and was limited on Tuesday. He has been managing his groin issue for several weeks now, so his availability on Thursday shouldn't be a concern, although it will be worth checking in on his final injury designation on Wednesday. The Jets are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game and have shut down opposing passing attacks, so look for Cleveland to deploy a heavy dose of Hunt and Jerome Ford. Treat Hunt as a flex option in Week 17.
Dec 27, 2023 7:42 AM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) was limited with a groin injury in Tuesday's practice as his team continues preparing to face off against the New York Jets on Thursday night. Hunt's status is unlikely to be in jeopardy in Week 17 as he has been managing said groin injury for several weeks now. While he has popped up on Cleveland's injury reports with the groin over the past several weeks, it has yet to cause him to miss any games. He will have one more chance on Wednesday to practice, with Pierre Strong Jr. lined up to serve as Cleveland's RB2 in Week 17 in case Hunt ultimately isn't available to play.
Dec 26, 2023 9:20 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) was estimated as a non-participant on Monday. Although they did not have an official practice, the Browns evidently have some level of concern about Hunt's status leading up to Thursday Night Football versus the New York Jets. The 28-year-old played 38 percent of offensive snaps behind Jerome Ford during Cleveland's Week 16 win, totaling just 16 scrimmage yards but finding the end zone. He remains a touchdown-dependent RB4 option for this week's primetime clash with New York.
Dec 25, 2023 8:48 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was held to just eight yards on seven carries in a Week 15 win over the Chicago Bears. The veteran running back has been very touchdown-dependent in 2023 as he only has caught 12 passes for 74 yards in 12 games. Hunt has been dealing with a groin injury for several weeks but it hasn't held him out of any games and he is listed without an injury designation heading into Week 16. He will look to score his eighth touchdown of the season in Week 16's road matchup against the Houston Texans. Houston has been good against running backs in 2023 as they are allowing just the 19th-most fantasy points per game to the position thus far. Hunt sets up as a touchdown-or-bust flex option heading into Week 16's slate of games.
Dec 23, 2023 9:07 AM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) is expected to suit up for the Week 16 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The veteran back was limited during the first two days of practice this week. However, Hunt was able to get through a full practice session on Friday. That means, Hunt should be able to play this weekend, barring any setbacks. He should serve his normal role in the offense with fellow back Jerome Ford (wrist) also likely to play. Hunt isn't a great fantasy option, but has some flex appeal for this Week 16 matchup.
Dec 22, 2023 4:55 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running backs Jerome Ford (wrist) and Kareem Hunt (groin) have been removed from the final injury report and will play against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Both players had been limited in practice to start the week but progressed enough to avoid any sort of injury designation heading into the weekend. Ford has maintained his hold on the lead-back role in Cleveland, posting double-digit fantasy points (PPR) in six of his last seven games. He'll rank as a high-end RB3 option in 12-team leagues this week while Hunt is a low-end FLEX play, at best.
Dec 22, 2023 12:54 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) remained a limited participant at practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Hunt is still dealing with a groin injury, but he tentatively appears on course to suit up on Sunday against the Houston Texans. After netting six touchdowns over the span of Cleveland's first five games out of their Week 6 bye, Hunt hasn't found the same scoring luck with just one visit to the end zone in five outings since then. Without even a 60-yard rushing day since latching back on with the Browns in Week 3, the 28-year-old former Pro Bowler is extremely volume dependent as it as. We wouldn't recommend deploying Hunt as anything greater than a low-floor RB3/flex if he is active in Week 16, as Jerome Ford (wrist) maintains his role as the team's featured back.
Dec 22, 2023 12:24 AM EST
Cleveland Browns running backs Jerome Ford (wrist) and Kareem Hunt (groin) were both limited in the team's first practice of the week on Wednesday. Both Ford and Hunt have been on the injury report in recent weeks but haven't missed any games. Ford continues to serve as Cleveland's primary early-down option in the backfield, but he has seen single-digit carries in three of the last four games and hasn't scored on the ground since Week 11. The 24-year-old should be considered an RB3/flex with limited upside behind a banged-up offensive line heading into Week 16 against the Houston Texans. Hunt has been splitting carries with Ford but is averaging just 3.13 yards per carry in 12 games. He's not being used much as a receiver, either, catching just one pass in each of the last three games. Hunt has fallen to RB4/flex territory in deep PPR leagues.
Dec 20, 2023 6:58 PM EST
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball seven times for eight yards and added a 12-yard reception in a 20-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 15. Hunt struggled to get much going on the ground in the game, averaging 1.1 yards per carry with a long rush of three yards. The veteran tailback has become a touchdown-or-bust fantasy option in his second stint with the Browns as he hasn't been very active in the passing game. Hunt will look for better results in Week 16's matchup against the Houston Texans.
Dec 17, 2023 5:06 PM EST