The Cleveland Browns’ star running back, Nick Chubb, sustained a significant knee injury during a Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, forcing him to leave the field in the second quarter. The injury occurred as he attempted to advance towards the end zone, with Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick tackling him low. Chubb’s immediate reaction indicated the severity of the injury, possibly affecting his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Notably, Chubb had previously endured a serious knee injury in 2015 while playing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Discover Browns star Nick Chubb done for the season after suffering knee injury in Pittsburgh.
Chubb, with 64 yards gained on 10 carries at Acrisure Stadium, left the field on a cart with an air cast on his left leg, indicating a severe injury, although additional tests would be necessary to confirm it.
In the aftermath of the game, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed the grim news: Chubb’s 2023 season was effectively over after just two games. They considered the injury serious enough that they did not anticipate Chubb’s return until 2024. This was a devastating blow for the Browns, who had high hopes of making the NFL playoffs this year.
Chubb received an outpouring of support from the sports community following his injury. Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Kyler Murray both expressed their support on social media, and NBA superstar LeBron James offered his prayers for Chubb’s recovery.
Monday Night Football’s Series of Player Injuries
In the first game of 2023, Buffalo Bills edge rusher Leonard Floyd sacked New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, causing him to suffer an Achilles tendon rupture. This unfortunate incident marked the third consecutive week in which a prominent player had sustained a serious injury on Monday Night Football. Rodgers underwent a unique procedure with the potential for a postseason return but would miss the entire regular season.
In the final Monday Night Football game of 2022, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest on the field during a highly-anticipated matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin had to be resuscitated at the stadium and subsequently spent nine days in a Buffalo hospital before being discharged.