Balzer: Kareem Hunt Suspension Coming

The Browns signed the troubled running back Monday, but it is unknown when he will be eligible to play

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 12, 2019 - 9:26 am

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The Cleveland Browns signed Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal Monday, adding one of the NFL’s most talented – yet controversial – running backs to its roster. 

The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt in November after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in February 2018. Hunt is on the commissioner’s exempt list and will not be eligible to play until the NFL completes its investigation and decides on potential disciplinary measures.

When might the Browns know Hunt’s fate?

“It’s hard to say when the league will rule because we’ve seen in the past sometimes how long it takes,” NFL and AAF insider Howard Balzer said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The whole Ezekiel Elliott situation took more than a year before they finally announced their suspension. I would suspect that this one might not last as long. I would think at least by maybe the start of training camp they’re going to know exactly how long the suspension is.”

Balzer believes that Hunt, 23, will likely be suspended for six games – or thereabouts.

“I heard speculation it might be the whole season,” Balzer said. “I can’t imagine that that would be the case, but a lot depends on what the league finds out that really most of us don’t know yet. We don’t know a lot of details. There’s rumors and speculation about different things, but the league is going to get to the bottom of it. You would think that it would be in that six-game range. That’s normally what domestic-violence issues have been, but then again, there sometimes can be differences depending on what the league finds. So I think it’s probably best for everyone just to sit back and wait and see what the league does – because they do it on their own timetable.”

Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns in 27 games with Kansas City. He also caught 79 balls for 833 yards and 10 scores.

Cleveland finished 7-8-1- this past season after going 4-44 from 2015-17.