With Nick Chubb's return, Browns primed to rediscover running game stride

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BEREA, Ohio — Nick Chubb is on his way back.

And the Cleveland Browns running game appears primed to rediscover its stride.

Monday, Cleveland designated Chubb from injured reserve, clearing the way for the Pro Bowl running back to return to the practice field. The playing field Sunday against the Houston Texans could be next, pending the Browns activating Chubb off IR, a mere formality, assuming all goes well this week.

Nick Chubb’s injury derailed a surging Browns team at the time, and a running game that dipped significantly in productivity afterward. AP Photo/David Richard

“He looks like Nick looks,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said of Chubb’s first practice back Monday. “He’s ready to roll. … We’ll see how the week unfolds here.”

Before Chubb went down on Oct. 4 with a knee injury against the Dallas Cowboys, the Browns boasted a ground game unmatched in the league.

Cleveland led the NFL in rushing, while Chubb and wingman Kareem Hunt were among the league leaders in several statistical categories, including yards after contact.

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