Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie, who has become something of a social media star, broke his ankle during practice Thursday, the team announced.
His stomach apparently escaped unscathed.
No details were given on how the ankle injury happened, but the Browns said Wylie underwent successful surgery at University Hospital.
Offensive Line Coach Bob Wylie fractured his ankle at practice today. He had to undergo surgery at @UHhospitals this evening. Surgery went well and we’re all wishing him a speedy recovery 🙏🙏
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 21, 2018
Wylie, 67, was a relatively obscure NFL assistant until his breakout appearance this August in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” when his mocking monologue with players during stretching exercises and his bouncing stomach each time he yelled, “Set, hut!” during drills turned him into a cult hero of sorts on Twitter.
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 29, 2018
In his second year with the team, Wylie has embraced his newfound stardom, going so far as to appear as Santa Claus in a video released by the team this week (you might recognize his eight not-so-tiny reindeer).
Set Ho Ho Ho! 🎅 pic.twitter.com/yiH4MI4UOX
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 17, 2018
The Browns (6-7-1) host the Bengals (6-8) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, and assistant offensive line coach Mark Hutson is expected to assume Wylie’s game-day duties.
And, according to Cleveland.com, the Browns offensive line has a plan for Sunday. “We’ll get the game ball for him and bring it to him,” left tackle Greg Robinson said Friday. “Yeah, that will be amazing.”
#Browns LT Greg Robinson on Bob Wylie undergoing surgery after breaking his ankle in practice on Thursday: “We’ll get the game ball for him (from the #Bengals game) and bring it to him. Yeah, that will be amazing.”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 21, 2018