Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was handed an eight game suspension by the NFL for the domestic violence incident that occurred in February of 2018.
When John Dorsey signed the Ohio native earlier this off-season, it was known that Kareem Hunt likely faced a lengthy suspension. On Friday morning, Roger Goodell and the league pushed out the sentence of eight games for the Cleveland Browns running back.
Hunt spent the last five games of the 2018 season on the Commissioners exempt list after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Before that, he was on pace to match or beat his 1327 rushing yards and had seven rushing touchdowns to go along with seven receiving touchdowns before being released.
Not long after the announcement, it was said Hunt will not appeal the decision. This came despite a precedence for him to win that hearing if he were to appeal.
Greg Hardy was suspended 10 games after his domestic violence case came out, but after an appeal it was lowered to four games due to the NFL rulebook stating that is the maximum time allowed for such a case. The rulebook has been updated to six game suspension now, so it is likely that Hunt could have used that. Still, the eight games is less than many expected as Goodell was trying to make an example out of Hunt.
The news is good for Browns fans, as they now have a definite timeline of when they can expect Hunt back. Nick Chubb will likely remain the lead back, but Hunt brings an added versatility to an already explosive offense with Baker Mayfield and newly acquired Odell Beckham Jr.