Football fans in Northeast Ohio have had “Return of the Mack” on full-blast this week for more than one reason.
First, the MAC Conference announced it would indeed have a season, albeit a shortened one.
If knowing you’d get to watch Akron and Kent State battle for the Wagon Wheel wasn’t enough, the Cleveland Browns have a “Mack” returning shortly as well in Mack Wilson.
“They can’t keep a beast behind the doors too long they’ll eventually have to let me out,” Wilson wrote. UNDERDAWG.”
They can’t keep a beast behind the doors too long they’ll eventually have to let me out.. 🙇🏾♂️
— Mack Wilson (@5mackwilson1) September 24, 2020
That is a beautiful sight for Browns fans who are yet to see Wilson on the field this season after hyper-extending his left knee in the middle of August.
When Will Mack Be Back?
After fearing for the worst, the Browns were relieved when it was decided that Wilson would not need knee surgery, a procedure that would almost guarantee an end to Wilson’s season.
However, the initial timeline laid out was between four and six weeks.
It’s been just over four weeks since the Alabama product banged up his knee.
Wilson did practice this week but was limited with a brace.
His status for Sunday’s game against Washington is still listed as questionable.
Perhaps the Tweet was to indicate he would be playing.
While I wouldn’t expect Wilson to flat out state as much on social media, athletes love to leave cryptic messages all the time.
Some are just empty statements that are used simply to mess with and tease fans.
Others, though, do have a little bit of substance.
Perhaps Wilson received the green-light this weekend from team doctors to take the field against Washington.
I’d be excited to get on the field for the first time too, so much so that I might make a social media post to get some excitement out and get others pumped.
Of course, he may have just been hyped after getting to participate in practice this week and is eager to return later on this season.
Looking for Help
The Browns are already pretty banged up defensively, so getting Wilson back this week would be a huge bonus for Joe Woods’ unit.
That unit has been sub-par to this point, allowing the fifth-most points allowed across the NFL.
If anyone is looking forward to changing that, it’ Wilson.
Just over a month ago, Wilson came out and told reporters that he believed the linebacker corps especially was being disrespected.
He even doubled-down on that sentiment, sticking his neck out for his teammates in another social media post.
I’m choosing my teammates over any other player in the league idc who you is.
— Mack Wilson (@5mackwilson1) August 6, 2020
After showing all sorts of raw talent in his rookie season, the Browns are excited to see just how well Wilson develops alongside the rest of the defense.
He may not get the chance to finally make an impact in year two this week, and it’s unlikely that he does.
But, the time will come for Wilson to take the field sooner than later.
Rest assured, he’ll remind people why those in Cleveland want him back on the field so bad.