Browns coach Kevin Stefanski announced Friday that both backs would miss Sunday's contest.
Cleveland placed Chubb and Felton on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. The two running backs are vaccinated, which gave them a chance to be cleared this week with two negative tests 24 hours apart. Stefanski's Friday announcement wipes out that glimmer of hope.
Fourth-string RB John Kelly is also on the COVID-19 list and will not play, per Stefanski.
In Week 7 against the Denver Broncos, with both Chubb and Hunt out due to injury, Johnson shined, taking 22 carries for 146 yards and a TD and catching two passes for 22 yards. The ground-and-pound Browns will once again lean heavily on Johnson against a Patriots defense that ranks 14th in the NFL versus the run.
"I think we've talked about him over the course of the last few games, and he showed in that Denver game, where he had to carry the load, and did a nice job," Stefanski said. "So our expectations for that room don't change."