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NFL suspends Browns RB Kareem Hunt 8 games in 2019

The Cleveland Browns signed Kareem Hunt this offseason, but will be without him for the first half of the season.

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The Cleveland Browns are all the rage in NFL circles recently. After bolstering their defensive line in free agency, the team made waves when making a huge trade with the New York Giants for Odell Beckham Jr.

One of the biggest, and most controversial, moves the Browns made this offseason was signing free agent RB Kareem Hunt.

The talented running back was released from the Kansas City Chiefs after video of an assault from February 2018 surfaced, and Hunt had yet to hear from the league office regarding a potential suspension — until now.

After consideration, the NFL league office decided to suspend Hunt 8 games to start the 2019 regular season.

Here is the official statement from the NFL:

Here is the official statement from Hunt and the Browns:

For the Browns organization, they have one of the most talented stable of running backs in the NFL. Without Hunt in the mix, they still will have both Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson at their disposal. On top of that, Hunt should return to the team in the second half of the season, and Browns fans are hoping he will be an added addition in what many are hoping is a playoff push.

In the meantime, the Browns will continue to be a hot topic team for the trades they’ve made, the free agent acquisitions and they still have plenty of draft picks coming up in 2019 NFL Draft.

Needless to say, the AFC North hierarchy is certain to be shaken up next year, and the Browns are hoping to finally climb out of the cellar.