BEREA, Ohio — Browns cornerback Howard Wilson will miss his second straight NFL season before it started.
Wilson had surgery on Tuesday for a torn left patellar tendon and is expected to be sidelined the entire 2018 season, a cruel blow for the former fourth-round pick who missed last season after breaking his kneecap in rookie minicamp and undergoing surgery.
Wilson, who played collegiately at Houston, had not been practicing with the team during OTAs.
The team also said punter Britton Colquitt and rookie defensive end Chad Thomas are sidelined after undergoing surgeries, but both should be back for training camp next month.
Colquitt had surgery on his right (kicking) knee. The 33-year-old had a career-high 47.6-yard gross average last season, his second with Cleveland. He also broke his own team record with a 40.6-yard net average.
Thomas, a third-round pick from Miami, had sports hernia surgery.
BEREA, Ohio — Howard Wilson will have to wait another season before he begins his NFL career.
The second-year defensive back from Houston would have no luck if it weren’t for bad luck as he tried to return to the field after missing his rookie season.
The Browns announced that Wilson will not play in the 2018 season after having surgery on Tuesday to repair a left patella tear. He is expected to miss the entire 2018 season. It is believed to be the same knee that cost him the 2017 season.
Wilson was a fourth-round draft choice (126th overall) of the Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft was on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list for the entire 2017 season after being injured in the off-season last year. Wilson played at the University of Houston and was expected to compete in the revamped Browns secondary in 2018.
Wilson, who won’t turn 23 until Oct. 30, played in 29 career games at Houston, finishing with 107 tackles and nine interceptions. In his final season in college, Wilson had 54 tackles and five interceptions, including one returned for a 58-yard touchdown.
Wilson was a first team All-AAC selection in 2016 after his five interception season that also resulted in 54 tackles and 10 passes broken up.
Wilson played a full season in 2014 and in 2016, but sandwiched between in 2015, he played just three games before suffering a season-ending injury.
The Browns drafted Denzel Ward with the overall fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and also drafted Simeon Thomas from Louisiana-Lafayette in the sixth-round of this year’s draft, as well. They also added unrestricted free agents E.J. Gaines from Buffalo, TJ Carrie from Oakland and Terrance Mitchell from Kansas City to compete at cornerback this season. Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Mike Jordan returned from last year’s cornerbacks.
Other defensive backs currently on the roster are: Jabrill Peppers,, Derrick Kindred, Damarious Randall, Tigie Sankoh, Montrel Meander, Micah Hannemann, Derron Smith, Denzel Rice and Elijah Campbell.
In addition, to the news on Wilson, the Browns also announced that rookie defensive end Chad Thomas underwent a sports hernia surgery and will miss this week’s minicamp. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. Also, punter Britton Colquitt had a procedure on his knee and he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, as well. Justin Vogel from Miami, Fla. is in camp as another punter with Colquitt sidelined.
Thomas was drafted in the third-round from Miami, Fla.
The Browns are in the midst of a three day mandatory veteran minicamp that runs Tues. June 12 through Thurs. June 14. After Thursday, the Browns are scheduled to break for approximately six weeks until the start of training camp which will begin in late July.