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Getty Images Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt.

Kareem Hunt, a prominent member of the Cleveland Browns‘ offense, addressed the possible suspension of Deshaun Watson this week — one of the quarterback’s first teammates to speak in depth on the issue publicly.

The running back spoke with Ashley Bastock of Cleveland.

com on Wednesday, June 29, from his youth football camp at Willoughby South High School. Hunt discussed an array of topics, including Watson’s disciplinary hearing and pending punishment for violations of the NFL’s player conduct policy, the struggles the Browns have faced amid the constant Baker Mayfield trade drama, and Hunt’s own recovery from injuries to his ankle and calf last season.

“It’s definitely stressful for them,” Hunt said of the Browns organizational leadership and their attempts to navigate the offseason amid the uncertainty surrounding Watson. “It’s tough because they’re trying to figure out what pieces they’ve got for the season and what plays they want to put in. You know, there’s different plays for Deshaun and Jacoby [Brissett], different playbook, different things we can do at quarterback.”

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Hunt Speaks to Chances Watson Could Miss Entire 2022 Season

GettyQB Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns takes off his helmet as he warms up during the team’s mandatory minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on June 14, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Watson’s suspension could span the entirety of next season if the NFL has its way. The league has pushed for an indefinite suspension, per a report from the Associated Press, though an independent arbiter will decide the quarterback’s punishment after 24 separate women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault.

Twenty of those 24 civil cases were recently settled, and Watson does not currently face any criminal charges in Texas where the alleged incidents are said to have taken place.

Hunt spoke on Wednesday about the potential that Watson might miss the entire year.

I mean, I really don’t know too much about the whole situation. If he misses it, it’s a next-man-up mentality. I’m going to be ready to play, and I know the rest of the team is still going to be ready to play. We didn’t have Deshaun last year or the years before.

We do [talk about the situation], but we’re more worried about ourselves. It’s a business, man, that’s the biggest thing. You’ve got to worry about yourself, because if you don’t, you could not be here.

Hunt added that he has spoken to Watson directly, with whom he is likely to share the Browns’ backfield for at least some portion of the season.

“Yeah, we talked a little bit, for sure,” Hunt said. “I’m going to keep it between us, but yeah, it’s a lot. So I just wish him the best, tell him to keep his head up and hopefully things work out.”

Hunt Offers Insight on Baker Mayfield’s Health Status

Getty ImagesRunning back Kareem Hunt (right) of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with QB Baker Mayfield (left).

Hunt acknowledged that there has been an adjustment period after the mid-March whirlwind that saw the Browns trade for Watson and shelve Mayfield, who remains a member of the roster despite several attempts by Cleveland to deal him elsewhere.

Mayfield injured his shoulder early last season, an issue that presumably hampered his play to a meaningful degree. Hunt said Wednesday that he had recently spoken with Mayfield about his health condition.

“I talked to him a month or two ago,” Hunt said. “He’s doing good. He was saying he’s healed up pretty nice from the surgery he had. He’s good now.”

That news is valuable for two reasons. First, Mayfield will be easier to sell as a solution to the Carolina Panthers or Seattle Seahawks if he is 100% healthy. Second, a healthy Mayfield means the Browns have a proven starter to fill in for Watson should he miss significant time.

The team has made it known that Brissett will be the starter moving forward if Watson is absent, while Mayfield said he does not intend to play another snap in Cleveland. But things move fast in the NFL and with more than two months to go until the start of the regular season, it appears far too early to rule out any outcome completely.

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Ellen DeGeneres sends love to Anne Heches family after actress declared brain dead

More On: anne heche Anne Heche shared in a 2017 interview how she’d want to be remembered Anne Heche ‘not expected to survive’ car crash Anne Heche under influence of cocaine at time of crash, in ‘dire’ condition: report Ellen DeGeneres reacts to ex Anne Heche’s hospitalization after car crash

Ellen DeGeneres, who had a groundbreaking relationship with Anne Heche in the late ’90s, is speaking out amid the actress’ “dire” condition following a fiery car crash last week.

“This is a sad day,” the comedian, 64, tweeted on Friday. “I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Heche’s other ex James Tupper, who shares a 13-year-old son, Atlas, with the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star, also shared a post on social media that prompted many to send their condolences in the comments section.

He captioned close-up photo of Heche, “love you forever ????.”

However, a rep for the “Volcano” star, 53, told Page Six on Friday afternoon that Heche “remains on life support and any reports indicating otherwise are false.”

The rep told Page Six Heche was declared brain dead on Thursday night.

The “Dancing With the Stars” alum’s team also notified us on Thursday, however, that she is “not expected to survive.”

Heche suffered a severe brain injury and burns as a result of the fiery crash.Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

The rep said Heche “suffered a severe anoxic brain injury” and “remains in a coma” at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in California.

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs,” her spokesperson added, stating that the mother of one “is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

On June 5, Heche was caught on surveillance video crashing her blue Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles home. The vehicle went up in flames and she was photographed being carried out of the scene in a stretcher after suffering “severe burns.”

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” her rep told Page Six three days after the accident.

Anne Heche has only one son, whom she shares with ex James Tupper.anneheche/Instagram

The Los Angeles Police Department then launched a felony DUI investigation into Heche after a woman claimed she was injured and needed medical assistance after the actress crashed into her home.

Law enforcement reportedly found the “Men in Trees” star was allegedly under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl at the time of the accident. LAPD told Page Six Friday morning that an investigation into the accident is ongoing.

DeGeneres, who dated Heche from 1997 to 2000, first issued a brief statement on the matter on Monday.

Heche and DeGeneres’ three-year romance was monumental for the LGBTQ+ community.Getty Images

“I don’t want anyone to be hurt,” the former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” host told photographers on Monday (per Daily Mail), adding that she is no longer “in touch” with her ex and “wouldn’t know [how she’s doing].”

Heche and DeGeneres’ romance was met with a lot of controversy when they first became public — as they were one of few lesbian couples in Hollywood.

At the time of their split in August 2022, the pair released a joint statement to People that read, “It is an amicable parting and we greatly value the 3 1/2 years we have spent together.”

Heche once said years after the break-up, “Those repercussions that happened, are to me what has created a part of the change. I’m a part of it. It is a badge of honor.”

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