Wilson is no longer expected to need surgery on his fractured kneecap and is aiming for a return midseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
According to Rapoport, the injury wasn't as bad as originally expected and the Browns believe they'll be able to get Wilson back in 12-to-16 weeks. That puts an early return potentially in the first half of the season, which is good news for the Browns secondary depth. They recently added Jason McCourty as a free agent and he'll likely be the favorite to start opposite Joe Haden, so once healthy, Wilson should be nothing more than a depth option.
Wilson will require surgery on his fractured kneecap and could be out for the season, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports.
Cabot notes that Wilson has a history of knee injuries, including a torn ACL he suffered in college. The fourth-rounder was expected to compete for playing time opposite Joe Haden, but his injury will likely result in the Browns exploring other options outside the organization to add secondary depth.
The rookie suffered the injury on the first day of rookie camp Friday. Wilson does not currently have a timetable for a return, but his outlook should come into focus as training camp approaches. If he has to miss a significant portion of camp, it'll hurt Wilson's chances at seeing the field early in his career.
Wilson is another strong addition to the Browns' secondary after they nabbed the versatile Jabrill Peppers in the first round. He checks in at 6-foot-1 and showed elite short-area quickness both on the field and at the Combine. If he's able to translate his skills at the next level, Wilson will provide a nice complement to Joe Haden.
|P3||8/26/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|