The Browns may have lost the key player to its success for the season.
On first and goal from the Steelers eight-yard line, running back Nick Chubb took a handoff from Deshaun Watson and went for 5 yards to the three. Chubb tried to get up, but eventually grabbed his left leg in obvious pain at 14:14 of the second quarter.
“The last thing any Browns fan wants to see — Nick Chubb holding his left leg,” play-by-play announcer Joe Buck said.
It is the same knee Chubb shredded while playing for the University of Georgia on Oct. 10, 2015. He tore three of the four ligaments in his left knee, all but the anterior cruciate ligament, and needed surgery as a result.
Buck’s broadcast partner Troy Aikman said of the replay: “We’re not going to show it. It’s as bad as you can imagine.”
Akron native LeBron James offered some thoughts:
Reaction came in swiftly from across the sports world
Steelers defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick was also injured on the play.