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Report: Browns rookie Howard Wilson won’t have surgery on fractured kneecap

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Browns fourth-round pick Howard Wilson’s NFL career got off on the wrong foot last weekend when he fractured his kneecap during a rookie minicamp practice.

Coach Hue Jackson said at the time of the injury that it would keep Wilson out for a “significant time,” but that the team didn’t know whether he would miss the entire season. It looks like Wilson will have a chance to avoid that fate.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that doctors determined Wilson will not need to have surgery to repair the injury and that the recovery time is expected to take somewhere in the range of 12-16 weeks. The short end of that range would have Wilson back on his feet before the end of the preseason, although a stay on the physically unable to perform list, which would leave him ineligible to play in the first six weeks, seems like a possibility given the overall picture.

The Browns signed veteran Jason McCourty to add to their depth at corner with Wilson out of the picture for at least part of the coming season.

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6 Responses to “Report: Browns rookie Howard Wilson won’t have surgery on fractured kneecap”
  1. eazeback says: May 18, 2017 2:23 PM

    getn mccourtey was a great sign

  2. charliecharger says: May 18, 2017 2:29 PM

    That’s good news. Wilson was one of the biggest steals in the draft. First round talent.

  3. goooooobrowns says: May 18, 2017 3:04 PM

    He’ll have missed his 1st entire off/pre-season. I don’t see a rookie with no real practice reps as being highly valuable if he comes back in week 7. I hope it’s not a medical decision being made to facilitate his early return. If it is, take your time and do what’s right.

  4. bobsacamano2 says: May 18, 2017 5:48 PM

    Can’t believe the Browns continue to have good news. As a life long Browns fan, I better check both ways before crossing the street.

  5. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: May 19, 2017 5:56 PM

    Great news. Howard will be the Browns insurance policy if Hayden goes down again. Hayden is a shell of his former self after years of being on an island against ever top WR in the league with no talent in the backfield around him.

  6. newlegacyenterprises says: May 19, 2017 6:33 PM

    Haden is still a beast. Just you wait and see what he does with an actual defensive line.

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