Yet another season-ending injury has struck the Cleveland Browns, as left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. will be sidelined for the remainder of the year.
The Browns placed Wills on injured reserve on November 7 with the hope that he could return for a late-season run. However, the team announced that Wills’ had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the year. The Browns expect him to make a full recovery for next season.
Wills has been hampered by injuries over his career but this will be the most significant time he’s missed since being selected in the first round of the 2020 draft. He had his fifth-year option picked up by the Browns this offseason.
Wills ability and effort have been discussed over his career in Cleveland. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski backed Wills when asked about his play.
“I just think you focus on the work and you focus on that practice just now and getting better with your technique,” Stefanski said on October 12. “When you’re playing tackle in this league, you’re going to have some moments where the other side gets you. There are some good rushers, as we all know, but he’s going to continue to battle and I think continue to get better.”
Wills joins fellow tackles Jack Conklin and Dawand Jones on the sideline. All three have are ruled out for the season. Conklin signed a lucrative extension last season but was ruled out for the year after suffering a significant knee injury in the Browns’ opener.
Jones had filled in admirably for Conklin and was one of the standout rookie offensive lineman in the league. The man known as “Big Thanos” due to his massive size — 6-foot-8, 375 pounds — had season-ending surgery this week.