NFL Injuries

A closer look at the Howard Wilson injury-Dr. Morse

Photographer: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

Update: Reports are this is more of a stress type fracture to knee cap. This puts him at 3-4 months RTP-Dr. Parekh 


Howard Wilson

The 6’1” 184 lb. cornerback 4th round pick (126th pick) of the Cleveland Browns suffered a stress fracture of his patella (kneecap) at rookie minicamp this week. The injury occurred just one day after signing his rookie deal, talk about bad luck. Preliminary reports did not specify that the fracture was a stress fracture, so thankfully the fact that the fracture is not a traumatic fracture, but instead a stress fracture will move up Wilson’s timeline several months. Wilson may actually be able to play for the Browns this season if his surgery is soon and his rehabilitation goes well, he will still need some hardware to surgically repair the broken kneecap, expect him to be back in 3-5 months.

Unfortunately for Wilson this will be his second major knee surgery, who missed basically his entire sophomore season due to a torn ACL. Wilson, a standout with the Houston Cougars, posted a career-high 5 INTs with 10 passes defensed and managing 54 total tackles along with a pair of fumble recoveries.

Wilson is a very physical corner, and he is going to need his knee to be able to be aggressive, starting and stopping while tracking the WRs and TEs. Wilson needs to get his surgery soon if is going to be able to see playing time for the Browns this year, expect him to start the year on the PUP list.

With how awful the Browns were last year, there was a good chance that Wilson could have seen significant playing time this year. He was slated to start third on the left CB depth chart, behind Joe Haden and Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Now undrafted free agents Alvin Hill, J.D. Harmon and Channing Stribling may make be able to crack the roster because of Wilson’s injury. Expect the Browns’ defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, who runs a mix of both 4-3 and 3-4 base defenses, to utilize Wilson’s aggressiveness once he gets healthy.

We should have more information once the surgery is completed and the specifics are released.

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