Nick Chubb, Jack Conklin both practice and hopeful to play vs. Steelers

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The lengthy list of injured Cleveland Browns players is mercifully getting smaller, and two key players who missed the Week 7 win over the Denver Broncos could be back for Sunday’s key AFC North battle against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Running back Nick Chubb (calf) and right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) were both participants in Wednesday’s practice session in Berea. Both Chubb and Conklin spoke as if they expect to play on Sunday in FirstEnergy Stadium, too.

Chubb was asked prior to practice if he thinks he will play against Pittsburgh.

“I hope so,” Chubb said. “We’ll see how this week goes, how this practice goes and make the decision later on.”

Conklin joined veteran center JC Tretter, who normally gets Wednesday’s off, to give the Browns their intact starting five offensive linemen for practice for the first time in weeks. Conklin has missed the last two games.

“Bummed to miss two games like that, but happy to be back and healthy and I’m ready to roll,” Conklin confidently told reporters.

Several Browns regulars did not participate in practice, including WR Jarvis Landry and DE Jadeveon Clowney. Landry’s knee injury that kept him out is unrelated to the one that kept him on IR for several weeks prior to Week 7.