CMU football tight end Joel Wilson out for season

Junior tight end Joel Wilson goes up for a catch over defender Loren Strickland during their game against Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Kelly Shorts Stadium.

With Central Michigan football rolling on the road, junior tight end Joel Wilson caught his sixth touchdown of the year against Northern Illinois on Wednesday. 

However as the pile separated following the catch, Wilson remained down with an undisclosed injury. He returned to the sideline in a walking boot, but wouldn’t reenter the game. 

On Monday, head coach Jim McElwain announced Wilson will miss the rest of the season.

“We’ll be without (Wilson) for the rest of the season,” McElwain said. 

The Petoskey native entered the season as CMU’s number-one tight end and started eight games. Wilson leads the Chippewas with 44 receptions, second in the nation for tight ends, and six touchdowns while recording 445 receiving yards.

Currently, the Chippewas’ two-deep depth chart ahead of Wednesday’s game against Buffalo lists redshirt freshmen Marcus Young and Cade Conley as the starting tight ends.