Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb suffered a season-ending (and potentially career-threatening) knee injury during his team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
The injury occurred when Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick went low to tackle Chubb in the second quarter of the contest. Some are calling the hit dirty, and others have even gone as far to label Fitzpatrick a dirty player.
However, former Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a different view. He thinks the NFL is at fault for the Browns’ star getting hurt.
“You’ve made it to where if a guy goes in there and comes in high and hits him in the head, now he’s getting fined,” Harrison told TMZ Sports on Thursday. “So what do you have to do? You’ve got guys shooting low now. That’s just what you’ve done made the game into.”
Harrison, who was no stranger to delivering hard hits himself during his playing days, added that he feels he may have also been guilty of similar tackles if he were playing in today’s game.
“To be honest with you, there would probably be a whole lot more people getting hurt because I’m going to shoot at your legs,” he said.
Regardless of your view on the hit, the fact of the matter is that Chubb will be sidelined for the remainder of 2023, and his NFL career may be in jeopardy.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
After rushing for 996 yards and eight touchdowns during his rookie campaign, Nick Chubb strung together four straight Pro Bowl campaigns between 2019 and 2022, racking up over 1,000 yards each season. His best campaign came last season, when he totaled 1,525 yards and 12 scores on the ground.