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Browns Announce RB Kareem Hunt Cleared to Practice With Team

TAMPA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 23: Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns rushes during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on August 23, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Though he's still ineligible to play before Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns welcomed another weapon back to practice on Monday.

Kareem Hunt, exiled by the Chiefs in 2018 in the aftermath of his captured-on-camera assault, will return to the practice field this week, with a few more weeks of inaction ahead of him.

Running back has not been Cleveland's premier problem in 2019, as Nick Chubb has broken out every time he's been relied upon (can Hunt coach, by any chance?), but we're sure they'll welcome any sort of change of pace at this point.

Cleveland catches New England on a short week this Sunday, so they could use a distraction or two as their supposed showcase campaign continues to grind to an unnerving halt.

Hunt, who ran for 824 yards and seven TDs across 11 games last year before law enforcement intervened in his season, is expected to be used as a change-of-pace when he returns.

The Chiefs clearly weren't the same without him last season, but we doubt he impacts the Browns quite so powerfully when he returns.