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Browns’ Kareem Hunt still unsure if he’ll be allowed to stay with Cleveland during suspension

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt was cleared by team doctors over the weekend to join the Cleveland Browns in official preparations for the 2019 season. The star running back missed the first eight practices of training camp on the non-football injury list with a groin strain, but joined the Browns on Saturday for their first intrasquad scrimmage. What’s apparently still unclear, though, is whether or not Hunt will be able to continue practicing with his new team once the regular season is underway.

The 23-year-old told reporters on Monday that’s he’s still not certain if he’ll be permitted to train with the Browns once his lengthy suspension begins in Week 1.

The NFL announced in March that Hunt would be suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. In late November, a video surfaced of him assaulting a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February 2018, causing the Kansas City Chiefs to swiftly release him. The Browns signed Hunt in February, with general manager John Dorsey, who drafted him in 2017 when both were with the Chiefs, issuing a statement indicating the team’s zero-tolerance policy with regard to similar transgressions by the former Pro Bowler.

The NFL’s leading rusher as a rookie, Kareem Hunt was in the midst of another stellar campaign when the video of his assault was released, rushing for 824 yards and scoring 14 total touchdowns through 11 games played. He figures to split time in the backfield upon his return with sophomore standout Nick Chubb, giving Cleveland arguably the NFL’s top tandem of running backs.