The Cleveland Browns will be without starting tackle Jedrick Wills for their Week 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wills, Cleveland’s starting left tackle was placed on the injured reserve list on Monday by the Browns with an MCL sprain. The injury is not expected to be season-ending, but by NFL rule, Wills must spend at least four weeks on IR. That means he will miss the game between the Steelers and Browns in Cleveland on Nov. 19.
The No. 10 overall pick out of Alabama in the 2020 NFL Draft, Wills has started 53 games over the last four seasons for the Browns at left tackle. He hasn’t missed a game since Week 15 of 2021.
The Browns have already been playing without starting right tackle Jack Conklin, who was lost for the season to a knee injury in the season opener. Rookie fourth-round pick Dawand Jones made his first NFL start against the Steelers in Week 2 and has been filling in for Conklin on the right side.
Now, James Hudson will likely be called into service on the left side. A fourth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2021, Hudson has seven career starts. Two of them have come against the Steelers. He allowed one sack and three hurries against Pittsburgh in January and three sacks, one quarterback hit and one hurry versus the Steelers in 2021, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Browns have two tackles on their practice squad, veteran Geron Christian and former first-round pick Alex Leatherwood.
Cleveland will visit the Baltimore Ravens for another AFC North showdown this Sunday before hosting the Steelers in Week 11. The Steelers, Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are all tied at 5-3 for second place in the division, a game and a half behind first-place Baltimore.