Kareem Hunt Injury Update: How long will it take for Browns RB to recover from surgery?

One by one, injuries devastated the Cleveland Browns in 2023. First, it was Nick Chubb, whose season-ending blow sent shockwaves through the team. Just as they adjusted to his absence, Deshaun Watson, the high-profile quarterback acquisition, fell victim to the injury outbreak. Grant Delpit and Ogbo Okoronkwo’s subsequent injuries added to the misery, leaving the Browns weak and fighting an exhausting battle.

The Browns still managed to beat the Jets and seal a postseason berth, so it wasn’t all bad. However, their postseason journey ended at the hands of CJ Stroud and the Houston Texans. A recent update revealed surgery news about RB Kareem Hunt.

Kareem Hunt underwent surgery for his groin injury

Kareem Hunt has recently undergone surgery to repair a ruptured adductor, according to a report by ESPN. The procedure, performed by Dr. William Meyers, aimed to address the lingering groin issue that had plagued him for much of the season.

Despite the injury, the RB continued to contribute to the Browns’ offense throughout the season. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski lauded his dedication and performance during his end-of-season news conference.

The HC also expressed gratitude for Hunt’s contributions by emphasizing the impact he had on the team both on and off the field.

“Well, I’ll say this about Kareem. I’m so appreciative of him and the way he played and the style with which he played. Obviously, pre-injury to Nick [Chubb], we didn’t have a spot, but to Kareem’s credit, he stayed in great shape. We brought him in, worked him out. He looked great, picked back up the system right away and played really good football for us and made plays in high-leverage moments and scored touchdowns”, he said via ABC News.

This isn’t the first time Kareem Hunt has undergone sports hernia surgery. In 2019, he faced a similar procedure that sidelined him for a few weeks. However, his ability to bounce back from adversity has been a hallmark of his career, and Browns fans can expect him to return stronger and more determined than ever in the upcoming season.

Kareem Hunt surgery recovery: How long will it take?

Kareem Hunt’s journey to rehabilitation following adductor surgery raises concerns about his return to the field. Usually, a ruptured adductor requires a significant amount of time to recover. The timeline typically spans from six to eight weeks, often necessitating immediate surgery. On the other hand, the recovery duration can be influenced by factors such as the location of the tear on the adductor tendon, which may potentially extend it to 12-16 weeks.

The veteran’s situation draws parallels to Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, who battled through a similar injury last season en route to the Super Bowl. Fortunately, the Browns didn’t face a setback when they were playing in the regular season and playoffs.

Kareem Hunt
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The football player Hunt joined the Browns in Week 3 last season after Nick Chubb’s knee injury and made significant contributions to the team’s offense. Despite primarily featuring in the red zone, he amassed 495 total yards and a career-high nine touchdowns. His versatility as a rusher as well as a receiver added depth to the team’s offensive arsenal.

With Kareem Hunt’s impending free agency in March, there has been speculation about his future with the Browns or potential suitors in the open market. Despite his expressed desire to remain with the Browns, uncertainty looms as the team hasn’t disclosed their plans regarding a contract extension.


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