The former Alabama standout sustained the injury during seven-on-seven drills while breaking up a pass intended for wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. After being examined by medical-staff members, Wilson was carted to the Browns’ practice facility.
Wilson suffered a “significantly hyperextended left knee,” Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reported. The injury could require season-ending surgery, but cleveland.com reported the Browns will seek another medical opinion before deciding on surgery.
Although Wilson is Cleveland’s leading returning tackler, he was working with the second-team defense on Tuesday after being replaced by former Oxford High School standout Tae Davis on the first team.
Wilson’s demotion came after starting running back Nick Chubb landed in the concussion protocol because of a tackle by Wilson on Monday.
Before Tuesday’s practice, Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said he preferred to “keep those conversations internal” when asked what he said to Wilson about tackling Chubb but agreed it was “fair” to say he was unhappy with the play.
“Obviously, that’s disappointing,” Stefanski said. “We got to be smart.”
Before playing at Alabama, Wilson was a two-time All-State selection at Carver High School in Montgomery.
Wilson is preparing for his second season after playing a bigger role than expected for Cleveland as a rookie. A fifth-round draft choice, Wilson entered the starting lineup when Christian Kirksey got hurt in the second game of 2019. Wilson went on to finish second on the Browns to middle linebacker Joe Schobert with 944 defensive snaps and 82 tackles last season.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.