The Cleveland Browns suffered a major setback during their 27-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9. Quarterback Deshaun Watson looked impressive in his first complete game performed since playing the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 24.
The Cleveland Browns lost their most important OL
However, Watson’s protection up front is set to see a shake-up after a significant injury to offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, head coach Kevin Stefanski said the Browns starting left tackle suffered an MCL sprain and will head to the injured reserve. The Browns expect Wills to rejoin the team this season.
#Browns coach Kevin Stefanski tells reporters that OT Jedrick Wills has an MCL sprain and will be placed on IR. He's expected to be back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2023
Per Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, Wills is expected to miss approximately six weeks due to the high-grade MCL sprain, low-grade PCL sprain, and bone bruises.
#Browns LT Jedrick Wills Jr. suffered a high-grade MCL sprain, low-grade PCL sprain and bone bruises Sunday — injuries that are expected sideline him roughly six weeks, per sources.
Wills will go on injured reserve. But good news overall: Wills should return this season. pic.twitter.com/Drq9Bv9Lrk
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 6, 2023
An MCL sprain usually takes anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks to recover from.
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Wills, a former first-round pick by the Browns, is essential to the team’s offensive line. According to Our Lads, the Browns will likely look to Wills’ backup, 2021 fourth-round pick James Hudson, to take over the left tackle spot.
Wills is currently having his worst season, per Pro Football Focus. He’s graded 54.0 overall for his play this season.
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