Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt underwent surgery Thursday morning to repair a sports hernia and will miss the final preseason game against the Detroit Lions, the team announced.
The Browns added that “a full recovery is anticipated” prior to Hunt’s planned return to action in Week 10 of the regular season. The Nov. 11 game against the Buffalo Bills marks the date Hunt is eligible to rejoin the team after serving an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
Hunt’s suspension goes into effect at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, after which he will not be permitted to rehab at the Browns facility. He will not be allowed back on the premises until the Monday before the Bills game.
Hunt, who began training camp on the non-football injury list, suffered a groin injury while working out on his own during the summer break. He was activated Aug. 3 and played in the second and third preseason games, carrying twice against the Indianapolis Colts and five times against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hunt, 24, signed with the Browns on Feb. 11, more than two months after being cut by Kansas City. The Chiefs parted ways with their leading rusher after a video surfaced of Hunt kicking and shoving a woman at a Cleveland hotel.
A third-round pick out of Toledo in 2017, Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 79 passes for 833 yards and 10 scores in 27 games with the Chiefs. As a rookie, he won the NFL rushing title and made the Pro Bowl with 1,327 yards.