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Browns fourth-round pick Howard Wilson suffers knee fracture

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The Browns lost a member of their 2017 draft class at their first rookie minicamp practice.

Fourth-round pick Howard Wilson, a defensive back from Houston whom the team hoped could contribute as a rookie, suffered a fractured kneecap.

“It is unfortunate. He will be out for a while, significant time,” coach Hue Jackson said. “We will deal with it accordingly. His spirits are high. He understands it. He understands what he is dealing with. He has already started the process of getting his mind beyond that so he can get himself back as soon as he can.”

Wilson suffered the injury in non-contact work. Jackson said the Browns’ medical staff has not yet determined whether Wilson will have to miss his entire rookie season.

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31 Responses to “Browns fourth-round pick Howard Wilson suffers knee fracture”
  1. skoobyfl says: May 13, 2017 6:34 PM

    Dang that sucks, I feel bad for him.

  2. nfl1818 says: May 13, 2017 6:35 PM

    too bad for him and the Browns

    a fractured knee cap in noncontact work certainly raises some questions, no?

  3. vegaskid21 says: May 13, 2017 6:43 PM

    The factory of sadness…. Feel bad for the kid!

  4. cubancigar10 says: May 13, 2017 6:50 PM

    nfl1818 says:
    May 13, 2017 6:35 PM
    too bad for him and the Browns

    a fractured knee cap in noncontact work certainly raises some questions, no?

    Having been a defensive back in a prior life. It’s quite a stress working on the knee joints during non contact practice. You’re constantly planting your feet and adjusting your direction. Thus the injury. Doesn’t take much at that warp speed.

  5. 4512dawg4512 says: May 13, 2017 6:53 PM

    That’s horrible, that really has to hurt. The Cleveland curse is alive and well SMH

  6. cwmore1169 says: May 13, 2017 6:54 PM

    ^ What questions does would it raise on the first practice in a non-contact drill? Maybe the player just slipped! As unfortunate as it is, it’s a part of the game!

  7. jimnaizeeum says: May 13, 2017 6:58 PM

    Non contact…C’mon Hugh.

  8. nyneal says: May 13, 2017 7:04 PM

    The Browns are jinxed, no doubt about it.

  9. laxcoach37 says: May 13, 2017 7:05 PM

    There goes the MoneyBall algorithm… Seriously, get well soon, sorry to hear that.

  10. r502 says: May 13, 2017 7:05 PM

    This happened to Cleveland: is anyone even surprised?

  11. softhelmet says: May 13, 2017 7:07 PM

    The Browns, what can one say? They are cursed!

  12. dumbpollack says: May 13, 2017 7:10 PM

    Sell the team, Jimmy. I can’t take it anymore.

  13. war27 says: May 13, 2017 7:11 PM

    Cleveland’s collapse begins in May.

    It usually begins during the draft. THIS is trending in the right direction.

  14. laukkanen5 says: May 13, 2017 7:12 PM


  15. lks311 says: May 13, 2017 7:17 PM


  16. tylawspick6 says: May 13, 2017 7:18 PM

    browns looking good

    good thing they wisely dealt for garropolo

    oh wait

  17. trentdilfer08 says: May 13, 2017 7:26 PM

    And so it starts… Factory Of Sadness… When can players start to get insurance? if drafted by the Browns?

  18. dkcjb says: May 13, 2017 8:07 PM

    I hope he is a soldier.

  19. jrossizzle says: May 13, 2017 8:12 PM

    Feeling for ya Howard. Damn that’s a bad break. The knee will he better but getting drafted by the Browns stays with you forever.

  20. thejesusofcool says: May 13, 2017 8:29 PM

    To all the players, make as much as you can. You never know if the next play is your last.

  21. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: May 13, 2017 9:09 PM

    It takes 8 weeks to recover from a knee fracture. Week 1 is 5 months away. The Browns aren’t cursed, they’re lucky it happened now.

  22. dirt2013 says: May 13, 2017 9:29 PM

    And so it begins…………….again

  23. donbat67 says: May 13, 2017 10:02 PM

    Beware of the mistake by the lake .

  24. spartanlegend says: May 13, 2017 10:17 PM

    thejesusofcool says:
    May 13, 2017 8:29 PM
    To all the players, make as much as you can. You never know if the next play is your last

    Good news now all the NFL players who read the comments section of PFT and weren’t going to try to make as much as they could are going to change course and follow this sage advice for sure

  25. weepingjebus says: May 13, 2017 10:46 PM

    We need to place this team into receivership so competent management can be installed. Fans, players, and the league will all benefit. This is something a Commissioner with even the slightest leadership ability would have done years ago, but here we are.

  26. florida76 says: May 13, 2017 11:35 PM

    For anyone bringing up non-contact practices, keep in mind, they are a necessary part of playing football. And the only way a rookie becomes better at their chosen sport is to actually practice. Occasionally, bad things happen at practice, but everyone knew what they signed up for.

    And many rookies decided to roll the dice in college, majoring in football, instead of a major in which their job prospects were far better. It comes with the territory, people.

  27. dejadoh says: May 14, 2017 12:37 AM

    I wouldn’t say the Browns are cursed. The players who are on the Browns are cursed.

  28. hehateme2 says: May 14, 2017 6:51 AM

    Gase and the Dolphins may be on to something by having the rooks only do classroom studies for their first minicamp session.

    Tough break.

  29. NFLexpert says: May 14, 2017 8:50 AM

    The least serious knee injury, he’ll be back before the season starts, IF he makes the team after that, who knows…

  30. dmuehlhausen says: May 14, 2017 2:35 PM

    The kneecap probably did it on purpose.

    Realized where they were playing and figured I”ll break myself, so we miss a year, then struggle to contribute and in a couple years I can sign with anybody.

  31. musicallead says: May 14, 2017 4:05 PM

    Wait… Is Tonya Harding on the Browns roster?

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