The Cleveland Browns’ once-promising season continues to collapse into a mess of finger-pointing and discontent.
The latest shot comes from running back Kareem Hunt, who accused some unnamed teammates of not giving their full effort on every play in Sunday’s 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
“Yeah, I feel like there were some plays that everybody didn’t leave their 110% out there the whole play through the whole play, through the whole whistle,” Hunt said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “And we’ve all got to do that if we want to be successful.”
Hunt added that he felt some of his teammates took entire plays off.
“I mean, yeah, I guess so but it’s everybody,” Hunt said. “You can’t point out one person or nothing like that. It’s everybody, and everybody got to do their job.”
The recrimination of a performance that saw the Browns get torched for 445 total yards is likely to continue. The worst story to come out of it was multiple players essentially asking the Cardinals to acquire them after the loss, suggesting that things are going very badly in Cleveland as their lost season moves toward its conclusion.
The Cleveland Browns will have Kareem Hunt in the fold for the first time this week as his eight-game suspension ends. How they’ll work him into the offense is unclear, but coach Freddie Kitchens promised to do just that.
Kitchens said Hunt will “definitely” have a part to play in the offense despite the Cleveland running game being dominated by Nick Chubb right now.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 4, 2019
Hunt ran for 1,327 yards as a rookie. The talent is there. He also hasn’t played all year, and the Browns have no real reason to displace Chubb, who’s on pace to blow past 1,000 yards with ease. This would be a challenge for any coach to manage, but given some of the decisions Kitchens has made this season, there might be some worry about whether he can find a solution that suits everyone.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt isn’t eligible to take the field until Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, but as of Monday morning, the league has permitted him to resume practicing with his teammates.
Hunt, who is recovering from an offseason sports hernia surgery, still has two games remaining on his eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after he was caught on video shoving and a kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February of 2018. At the time, Hunt was still a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I want to again apologize for my actions last year. I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them,” Hunt said in a statement after being released by the Chiefs. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process.
“My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love.”
Hunt, 24, is entering his third season in the NFL. Prior to his suspension, he had gained 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns on 453 carries (4.7 ypc), adding an additional 833 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield.
Suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was seen being questioned by police after an alleged altercation at a Cleveland bar.
Video obtained by TMZ shows Hunt speaking with cops after an alleged incident at the Barley House. Hunt was not arrested or detained and left the scene without incident.
A witness told TMZ that Hunt was involved in a physical altercation with another man, but it was unclear to them whether it was a legitimate fight or a joke. Barley House owner Bobby George told Andrew Horansky of WKYC that it was a “small argument” that has been blown out of proportion.
It does not sound like anything significant happened, but it’s worth watching as Hunt is serving a suspension for a physical altercation with a woman. Hopefully for him this wasn’t anything major.
Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey and coach Freddie Kitchens showed solidarity toward running back Kareem Hunt by attending his baptism over the weekend, and Kitchens figures it was to his confusion.
The Browns coach offered up a funny quote about what he assumes Hunt’s reaction would have been — one of befuddlement.
Q: What was Kareem’s reaction to you and John showing up at his baptism?
Freddie Kitchens: “Probably, like, wondering what the hell we were doing there.”
— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) May 20, 2019
Clearly, it was meant as a surprise. It’s also another sign of the Browns’ commitment to Hunt. The team has given him a second chance after his suspension and release from Kansas City, and the team’s braintrust are clearly willing to publicly show that they’re with him — even unexpectedly so.
Kareem Hunt is quite confident that the Cleveland Browns won’t regret giving him a second chance.
Hunt, released by the Kansas City Chiefs over video that showed him shoving and kicking a woman, has the support of Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, and made clear Wednesday that he does not intend to let Cleveland down.
#Browns coach Freddie Kitchens says of Kareem Hunt, “Everybody in life has messed up. Not everyone gets second chances.” Promises Hunt understands and is grateful for his. Thirty mins later, Hunt says, “I know I’m not going to mess this up.”
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) May 15, 2019
Hunt will have to wait half a season to prove himself. His return will prove controversial, but the Browns have decided, for better or worse, that Hunt is worth the risk.
The NFL has suspended Kareem Hunt eight games for the physical altercation he had with a woman last year, and the star running back has once again apologized for his actions.
After the league announced Hunt’s punishment on Friday, he released a statement through the Cleveland Browns saying he respects the NFL’s decision and is committed to “earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community.”
NFL announces suspension for RB Kareem Hunt
Statement from Hunt: pic.twitter.com/AAzopWOMkc
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 15, 2019
Hunt was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs back in November after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel. The Browns were likely prepared for him to be suspended even longer than eight games. Cleveland GM John Dorsey was with the Chiefs when they drafted Hunt, and he has said he trusts that the 23-year-old “showed true remorse” and is taking the appropriate steps to improve as a person by undergoing treatment.