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AFC North teams taking some big hits

The Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio — The NFL’s top rushing team has run into major trouble.

Browns star back Nick Chubb will miss his second straight game with a calf injury, leaving Cleveland without its two best backs Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

Chubb was ruled out Tuesday by coach Kevin Stefanski before practice. He also didn’t play against Arizona on Sunday, when running back Kareem Hunt suffered a calf injury that could sideline him for more than a month.

Hunt was placed on injured reserve — meaning he will miss at least three games — along with rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

The Browns lead the league in rushing, averaging 165 yards per game. While Chubb and Hunt are recovering, D’Ernest Johnson will step in as Cleveland’s primary back. He has just three carries for 11 yards this season.

One of the game’s top runners, the 25-year-old Chubb, who has 523 yards and four touchdowns in five games, hurt his calf toward the end of Cleveland’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 10.

The severity of Chubb’s injury is not known while Stefanski said on Monday that Hunt will likely be out in the “ballpark” of four to six weeks.

The 26-year-old Hunt is invaluable to Cleveland’s offense as a complement to Chubb as well as being a run-and-receiving threat capable of breaking off a big play or gaining tough yards. Hunt has rushed for 361 yards and five touchdowns.

Stefanski said quarterback Baker Mayfield will be limited in practice and it’s too early to know if he’ll play Thursday because of a painful shoulder injury or if starting tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. will be back after sitting out Sunday.

Also, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a shoulder issue and is not expected to do much in practice.

Wounded Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens put tackle Ronnie Stanley on injured reserve Tuesday.

Stanley spent the latter half of last season on IR as well because of an ankle injury, and he’s played only in the season opener this year.

“At this point in time, my ankle isn’t where it should be,” Stanley said. “This is the best decision not only for my health, but also for the team long term.”

Stanley has been a regular starter for the Ravens since beginning his NFL career in 2016. Baltimore traded tackle Orlando Brown to Kansas City in the offseason for draft picks, obviously not anticipating that Stanley’s recovery would go the way it has.

Still, the Ravens (5-1) have won all five of the games Stanley has missed this season, and they have the best record in the AFC entering Sunday’s matchup with Cincinnati.

Trouble in Big D

THE COLONY, Texas — Dallas Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in a Dallas suburb, police said.

The Colony police Sgt. Aaron Woodard said Kazee was booked on a Class B misdemeanor. Kazee was released around midday after posting $2,500 bond, Woodard said.

Kazee was pulled over in the suburb next to Frisco, the location of team headquarters about 30 miles north of Dallas. Kazee is in his first season with the Cowboys after signing as a free agent.

The 28-year-old has started all six games for the Cowboys (5-1), who have won five consecutive games. Dallas is off this week. The next game is Oct. 31 at Minnesota.

Kazee spent his first four seasons with Atlanta, and the fifth-round pick started 34 of 52 games with the Falcons.

No Quinn for now

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Robert Quinn on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, possibly leaving them without one of their top pass rushers when they visit Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The resurgent Quinn is second on the team to Khalil Mack with 5¢ sacks.

The two-time Pro Bowl pick had two last season, his first in Chicago. The Bears (3-3) are tied with Minnesota for the league lead with 21 sacks.

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