The Cleveland Browns got rough news on the Mack Wilson front.
During practice on Tuesday, Wilson was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury. It was one day after the practice where starting running back Nick Chubb got lit up and may have suffered a concussion. Football is a game where injuries are certain, but it seems that the Browns got bit by the injury bug bad to start this week.
According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, “Browns promising LB Mack Wilson suffered a significant hyperextended knee in practice today…He will miss some time and more evaluations coming before timeframe becomes clear. Not ideal but Cleveland still hoping for decent news.”
What should Cleveland Browns fans make of the Mack Wilson knee injury?
The good news is Wilson didn’t suffer a torn ACL/MCL, so he’s not done for the season. However, it is deemed a “significant hyperextended knee”, so he will miss a good bit of time in the middle of the Browns’ linebacking corps. Wilson is entering his second NFL season after being a fifth-round pick by the Browns out of Alabama in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The idea is the former Alabama standout would help offset the free-agency loss of Joe Schobert to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Like Wilson, Schobert was a former mid-round pick and the overachieving type out of a strong college football program in Wisconsin.
Cleveland has its best shot in years to end its NFL-worst playoff drought. Since coming back into the league as an expansion team in 1999, the Browns have made the AFC playoffs a grand total of one time, and that came back in 2002 as a Wild Card team. Cleveland hasn’t won a division title in over 30 years. That’s not to say it’ll happen in 2020, but something’s gotta give with this franchise.
The Browns should have one of the better offenses in the NFL this season. They have talent at all levels of their defense, but if they are without Wilson for an extended period of time, that could create issues in Cleveland.