Cleveland Browns’ Nick Chubb to make return for Steelers game

On Tuesday's "First Call," national media circles are praising Mike Tomlin's contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a typical manner.

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One of the injured stars for the Cleveland Browns might be back in time to play the Steelers right before Thanksgiving. The Stanley Cup Final is being illuminated by an ex-Penguin.

As anticipated, the national football media outlets covering the NFL are vociferating their endorsement of the Steelers’ choice to keep head coach Mike Tomlin through 2027.

This is true even though they have lost in the last seven seasons and eleven of the previous thirteen.

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However, insignificant details like those won’t stop people like Rich Eisen of the NFL Network from gloating over the Steelers’ decision to prolong Tomlin’s seven-year tenure of mediocrity.

“If Mike Tomlin didn’t get this three-year contract extension, he would be somebody else’s coach within five minutes,” Eisen said on his Roku Channel show Monday afternoon. “I’m telling you. He is one of the best in the business.”

Eisen wasn’t done pumping the well of pro-Tomlin excuse-making tropes.

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“Who would you prefer to have?” Eisen continued. “You want to go get that hot coordinator? Is that what you want to do? Or (Bill) Belichick? Do you think Belichick and the Steelers, that’s a marriage?”

Nick Chubb’s Return

Nick Chubb sustained a serious knee injury against the Steelers in the previous season. At least one Cleveland analyst now projects that the running back for the Browns will return in Week 12 of 2024 against the Steelers.

That forecast came from veteran Browns reporter Tony Grossi on ESPN Radio 850.

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“That doesn’t mean we may (not) see him sooner,” Grossi said. “Possibly not the Sunday before that because (of) two games in five days. But then again, the bye week before that, right? This would be a good target date to get Chubb in there. And if it happens way before that, before the bye week even, all the better.”

On Nov. 21, the clubs will play a Thursday night game in Cleveland. Then, two weeks later, the Browns return to Pittsburgh.

Chubb needs two surgeries following a hit by Minkah Fitzpatrick during “Monday Night Football” in Pittsburgh the previous season. The first was for a meniscus tear and an MCL tear. The second one was for an ACL tear.

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