Hunt ready for debut with Browns
Kareem Hunt said he learned humility during his time away from football, the lengthy layoff forcing him to grow up
It was a tough lesson. A needed one. While serving his eight-game NFL suspension for losing control of his emotions and becoming violent, the Browns running back said he gained a deeper appreciation for all he’s been given — and how quickly it can vanish.
His long wait is over. He’s been counting down since his career stopped suddenly.
“Like 342 days,” he said.
Hunt will return to the field this week for the first time since the league punished him for two physical off-field altercations, one where he was infamously captured on videotape shoving and kicking a woman during an argument in a hotel hallway while he played for the Chiefs.
On Sunday, Hunt, the former league rushing champion, will make debut for his hometown team — as the Browns (2-6) host the Bills (6-2).
“I’m just excited. A lot of mixed emotions, high and low,” he said, speaking to reporters for the first time since Aug. 15. “It’s going to be a very fun, emotional game, and I’m definitely going to be excited to get out there and do whatever I can to play the role and help this team win.”
This is Hunt’s second chance. He can’t count on a third.
He knows every move on and off the field is being watched.
“I’m under a microscope,” he said following practice Thursday, which marked 342 days since the Chiefs released him. “I’m not trying to put anything in jeopardy. I had a lot of time to think about, if I get in this situation, how I’m going to handle this? If I get in this situation, how am I going to handle that? This happened, how am I going to handle that?
“You get a lot of time to really reflect and think about those things. I’m good with it.”
Hunt has been practicing with the Browns for two weeks.
Browns give Tretter extension: Browns center JC Tretter agreed to terms on a three-year, $32.5 million contract extension with the club, according to reports Thursday.
Tretter, who’s in his third season with the Browns, will receive $23 million guaranteed.
The 28-year-old Tretter has been a steady presence up front for the Browns, who signed him as a free agent in 2017. He started all 16 games last season and played every snap despite a severely sprained ankle.
The Browns offensive line didn’t allow a sack in five of the team’s final seven games in 2018.
Tretter was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round in 2013 out of Cornell.
Redskins shut down Williams: The Redskins placed offensive tackle Trent Williams on the reserve/non-football injury list, ending his season.
The move ended a monthslong saga involving the seven-time Pro Bowler and the team. ESPN reported that the Redskins likely will look to trade Williams in the offseason.
Williams last week revealed a cancer diagnosis that played a part in his lengthy holdout and distrust of the team’s medical staff and organization.
He said he told the team of the medical issue six years ago and that a growth on his head grew substantially over time. The 31-year-old said he had a tumor removed from his skull and needs to get checked out every six months to make sure he’s OK.
Williams underwent three surgeries during the offseason to remove the tumor and remained away from the team during that time. Williams said it got pretty serious, and he was “told some scary things’’ by doctors that changed his outlook on life.
After reporting to the Redskins on Oct. 29, Williams told the team that he felt discomfort on his scalp after putting on a helmet during his physical. It was enough for the Redskins to fail his physical. The team had been trying to find a customized helmet for Williams.
Williams also expressed dissatisfaction with his deal, which runs through 2020 without guaranteed money.
RB Kareem Hunt expects to play Sunday after serving an eight-game suspension.