Running back Kareem Hunt must spend his eight-game suspension away from Browns

Kareem Hunt will have to spend his NFL suspension isolated from his team.

The Browns’ running back, who must serve an eight-game ban for physical altercations, will not be permitted inside the team’s facility starting Saturday afternoon, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday in an email.

The team had asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to allow Hunt to be around his teammates, arguing he could use the extra support. But to this point, Hunt will not be able to interact with his teammates or staff inside the team’s building in Berea, Ohio, until his punishment ends in November.

It’s not impossible the league could adjust its policy and amend its stance on Hunt, who was signed as a free agent by Cleveland in March, three months after being released by Kansas City. But to this point, he’s going to be on his own.

Hunt was suspended for two violent off-field incidents, one in which he shoved and kicked a woman during a dispute in a hotel hallway.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield was disappointed to learn Hunt won’t be present.

“It hurts him not to be around there because if you can be around your teammates, that can help you keep a positive attitude, and that definitely helps,” Mayfield said.

Brissett to sit out finale: The Colts launch into the post-Luck era with his successor on the bench.

Head coach Frank Reich plans to sit Jacoby Brissett against the Bengals on Thursday night, Indianapolis’ first game since Andrew Luck announced his retirement. Either Phillip Walker or Chad Kelly will start, competing for the No. 2 job.

Kelly has played well in all three preseason games but must serve a two-game suspension for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. Walker has spent the past two seasons on Indianapolis’ practice squad.

Things to watch for Thursday: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play against Kansas City, which means the two-time MVP won’t make his debut in head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense until the regular-season opener next Thursday at Chicago. … New England rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham might play the entire game against the Giants, leading to speculation that backup Brian Hoyer’s job might be at risk. … First-round pick Dwayne Haskins will start at quarterback for Washington against the Ravens. … Even though Chicago kicker Eddy Piñeiro, a Raiders draft pick in 2018, made a 58-yard field goal last week, he needs another good week against the Titans to prevent general manager Ryan Pace from bringing in another kicker. … Former Cal quarterback Davis Webb is in competition with Luke Falk for the Jets’ No. 3 spot — if the Jets even keep three. They face the Eagles. … Blair Walsh was signed by the Falcons for the final week of the preseason, at Jacksonville, to compete with former Cal and Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. … Two key free-agent acquisitions, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray and punt-return specialist Marcus Sherels, have missed part of this preseason but appear ready to play for the Saints against Miami. The Dolphins might do some payroll purging as they head into a season in which they’re widely expected to be also-rans. That means it could be the last game with Miami for such players as receiver Kenny Stills and linebacker Kiko Alonso. … With No. 2 quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, the Bucs re-signed Vincent Testaverde to share playing time with No. 3 QB Ryan Griffin against Dallas. Testaverde’s father, Vinny, is still Tampa Bay’s career passing leader.

Briefly: The Texans signed outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett, who played at Cal and Stanford, to a one-year, $3.75 million contract extension. … The Patriots acquired offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor from the Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick. … Third-year Denver tight end Jake Butt said he’s opted to have arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee. … The Bills signed kicker Stephen Hauschka to a two-year contract extension. … The Jets and Colts agreed to a trade that sends cornerback Nate Hairston to New York for a sixth-round pick next year.

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