It didn’t take long for the Cleveland Browns to suffer their first significant injury of the offseason. On Saturday, the team announced that CB Howard Wilson, the team’s rookie 4th round pick, suffered a broken kneecap during Friday’s opening practice of rookie minicamp:
#Browns HC Hue Jackson said CB Howard Wilson (fractured patella) will miss significant time, hopefully not entire season.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) May 13, 2017
Although it’s optimistic of head coach Hue Jackson to think that Wilson could return this season, it seems unlikely since he wouldn’t have been able to take any valuable reps during minicamp, training camp, etc.
It is unclear at the moment whether he will need surgery, but his injury figures to improve the odds of Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Marcus Burley making the roster. But the player who fans might really be looking to step up now is Michigan CB Channing Stribling, an undrafted free agent and a teammate of SS Jabrill Peppers.
UPDATE: Here is a statement that Wilson released through the team:
"It's disappointing but this a part of playing football. It was kind of a freak thing. I was just running around and my knee just kind of locked up on me. I didn't think much of it but the training staff wanted to get the proper testing so I got the MRI. I'm a positive person so I will have the surgery, work hard in my rehab and look forward to getting back to out there and helping this team win some games.''