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Is there any way Nick Chubb can play in Week 10 vs. Patriots?

We take a look at whether or not Browns RB Nick Chubb, who was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list has a chance to play in Week 10 against the Patriots.

 Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns lines up for a play during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 7, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Nick Chubb will not play in Week 10 against the Patriots, per Nate Ulrich. D’Ernest Johnson will get the start and is worth a start in your fantasy football leagues.

Friday update: We are getting down to the wire and Nick Chubb is still on the COVID-19 list and didn’t practice on Friday, per Mary Kay Kabot. He has one more day to be cleared.

Wednesday update: No real update from head coach Kevin Stefanski other than to say he doesn’t know if Chubb will be able to play on Sunday. But the coach did say that D’Ernest Johnson would serve as the starter id Chubb can’t go.

Browns RB Nick Chubb was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list on Tuesday, making his status for Week 10 up in the air. The news comes after a big showing in Week 9, where Chubb totaled 163 scrimmage yards and two scores on just 16 total touches. Browns backup RB RB Demetric Felton also tested positive and was placed on the COVID list.

Both Chubb and Felton are vaccinated, there is a chance they’ll be able to play in Week 10 against the Patriots, as long as they clear protocol. We break down what that means below.

Is it possible for Nick Chubb to play in Week 10 vs. Patriots?

Since Nick Chubb is vaccinated against COVID-19, the only way to be placed on the COVID list is by testing positive. He still has a shot to play in Sunday’s contest against the Patriots, however, as long as he has two negative COVID tests with at least 24 hours between the first and second negative test.

The Browns have already been short at running back this season after Kareem Hunt was placed on the injured reserve list with a calf injury suffered in Week 6 against the Cardinals. Backup D’Ernest Johnson saw a significant role when both Hunt and Chubb were out in Week 7 and showed off plenty of ability to fill in a back up role. He totaled 168 scrimmage yards and a score in primetime and would be primed to see plenty of carries in Week 10 should Chubb and Felton miss time after testing positive.