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Kevin Stefanski Explains Nick Chubb's Lack Of Playing Time

Kevin Stefanski on the sideline.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 14: Head Coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns reacts against the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Browns fans were perplexed with Nick Chubb's lack of playing time during Monday night's game vs. the Steelers.

During a critical possession late in the first half, Kevin Stefanski rolled with D'Ernest Johnson instead of Chubb. Johnson picked up just six yards on three carries and Cleveland's drive stalled at Pittsburgh's 46-yard line. It was a bizarre occurrence.

For a team which so heavily relies on its rushing attack, one would imagine it'd trot out its best running back for such critical situations. It turns out there's a reason Stefanski went with Johnson over Chubb.

Chubb was apparently dealing with a rib injury and needed some extra rest before coming back into the game.

Fans weren't the only ones surprised by Nick Chubb's lack of playing time.

Even Peyton Manning was perplexed.

“Can we get an injury report on Chubb?” an exasperated Manning asked near the end of the second quarter, via “Please tell me Chubb is injured and that’s why he’s not in the game. Can anybody explain that one to me?”

Perhaps what's most confusing is Nick Chubb looked just fine in the second half of Monday night's game, especially when he stiff armed a Pittsburgh defender into obliteration in the second half.

The Cleveland Browns are now 7-9 on the season and have plenty of questions to address with one week left in the regular season.