Hunt ready for de­but with Browns

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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.

TONY DEJAK/AP

RB Ka­reem Hunt ex­pects to play Sun­day af­ter serv­ing an eight-game sus­pen­sion.

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