This one’s a tough break, both literally and figuratively, for the Western Michigan football program.
During Monday’s practice, star wide receiver Jaime Wilson was blocking downfield when a teammate rolled up on his left ankle. Wilson suffered a broken ankle on what head coach P.J. Fleck described as “a freak incident” and has already undergone surgery to repair the damage.
Per Fleck, the best-case scenario for Wilson’s return would be 8-9 weeks, which would get the sophomore back on the field toward mid-to-late October. Taking a redshirt is also a possibility, although the team will take the cautious approach regardless of which tack is taken.
“We’re not going to rush him back, but we’re going to do everything like he’s going to play,” Fleck said. “Obviously, it’s better to break something than tear an ACL. He has a shot, but I’m not going to rush him back for a year and ruin a year. I look at it like I could have Jaime Wilson for three more years after this year.”
As a true freshman in 2012, Wilson led the team in receptions (67), receiving yards (792) and receiving touchdowns (six). He was the first true freshman in the program’s history to lead the team in those categories.
Following the season, he was named as the MAC’s Freshman of the Year.