There’s no way Mack Wilson wanted to injure Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb
There were some tense moments in Berea when Mack Wilson, the second-year linebacker for the Cleveland Browns who needs to prove he is a starting linebacker this season tackled Nick Chubb high — and hard — enough that Chubb was checked out for a possible concussion.
However, later on, the word from Berea via Nathan Zegura was that Chubb was fine and has not suffered a concussion and everyone was able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Nobody wants to injure a teammate in practice, least of all Mack Wilson. The young linebacker is a hard hitter on the field, but he has always played under control and is a disciplined player on the field. He had only two penalties last season; once against the Jets for lowering his head prior to contact, and once against the Dolphins for unnecessary roughness.
He’s simply not the type of person to take out any sort of frustration on a teammate in practice.
Coach Kevin Stefanski addressed Wilson immediately after the play happened. There’s no word on what was said, but we can infer that it was probably more along the lines of how he wants to avoid the same problem in the future, and we have no reason to believe that Stefanski was unhappy with Wilson’s intentions of the play.
Later, Wilson issued a tweet which affirms that he was not trying to hurt anyone and that nobody is mad.
Chubb is definitely a franchise running back. In the opinion of many fans, including this one, Nick Chubb — not Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, or Christian McCaffrey — is the best running back in the NFL. Chubb has not had a great offensive line the past two years but has still put up monstrously good numbers in the Air Freddie offense, which is not easy to do.
Fans love Chubb, rightfully so, and when there was a suggestion that he might have gotten injured some fans reacted emotionally and unfairly. There were a few unpleasant tweets out there assuming that Mack was out of control. That was not the case, however.
Football is the hardest game in the world, and happens at lightning speed at the pro level. It’s very easy to be off by a split second and the result is similar to a freight train collision. This type of thing happens, especially as players are learning new drills. In the first week of summer camp, there are bound to be a few glitches.
Mack Wilson is a good player and a good kid, and he is not a secret double agent working for the Steelers. Chubb is just fine, and Wilson is going to be okay too.