As anticipated, the Cleveland Browns placed cornerback Howard Wilson on the active/physically unable to perform list on Monday:
#Browns put CB Howard Wilson (fractured kneecap) on the active/physically unable to perform list. Suffered the injury in rookie minicamp.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) July 24, 2017
The Browns’ fourth round pick fractured his kneecap earlier this offseason. Rookies reported to camp early, and placing him on the active/PUP list is basically a formality required to allow the player to potentially be placed on the reserve/PUP list when final roster cuts are due.
While on the active/PUP list, Wilson can not practice, but if he’s medically cleared during camp, he can immediately re-join practice. He will still count toward the 90-man roster during the preseason, so the team cannot add another player in the mean time. It is expected that eventually, Wilson will go on reserve/PUP, before being re-evaluated after Week 6.
The team still faces a few other active/PUP decisions, particularly with some of their offensive linemen like John Greco, Joel Bitonio, and Austin Reiter at the start of camp. If I had to wager, I’d say that Greco begins on the active/PUP, Reiter is a toss-up, and Bitonio will be good-to-go.