It was another rough night on Saturday in Jacksonville for Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson.
Not only did Wilson post a team-low grade of 29.7 from Pro Football Focus, but he also suffered a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game after just 26 plays on defense.
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The Browns do not yet know how bad the injury is, but head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Sunday that Wilson will undergo an MRI, according to a team-provided transcript:
“It was early in the game – one of the first couple of plays and (he) just dinged that shoulder. Honestly, not exactly sure which play it was. I can vividly remember him grabbing him. We will see how he comes out of it after the MRI.”
It is just the latest setback for Wilson, who suffered a knee injury in training camp last summer that bothered him enough that he considered walking away from the game altogether.
Wilson stuck it out and ended up starting eight games in 2020, but finished the season with just 39 tackles and posted an overall grade of 41.9 from Pro Football Focus - the third-worst grade among the defense.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was FLYING around the field yesterday— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 15, 2021
It did not help Wilson’s night that rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah lit it up once he came into the game, finishing the night with seven tackles, a sack, and a PFF grade of 78.1 - the highest among Cleveland’s linebackers:
JOK earned an impressive 78.1 PFF grade across 47 defensive snaps (36 in the box) against Jacksonville. He showed great sideline-to-sideline speed and totaled a whopping seven defensive stops, including an impressive tackle at the line of scrimmage on a late fourth-quarter screen pass.
Stefanski did not provide an update on tight end Stephen Carlson, who injured his knee, or cornerback Kiondre Thomas, who left the game with a hamstring injury.