Niners general manager John Lynch said that the team is considering moving Ward (collarbone) back to safety, CSN Bay Area reports. Ward was drafted as a safety out of Northern Illinois in 2014, but the team moved him to nickel corner for the majority of the 2016 season. The athletic defensive back held his own, recording 53 tackles and an interception in 11 games before injuring his collarbone. The 49ers' new management group is considering moving Ward back to his natural position for their new defensive scheme. They released veteran safety Antoine Bethea, so there's currently an opening on the depth chart. Things could change as we progress through free agency and the draft, but if San Francisco follows through, Ward would see a boost in fantasy value as a safety if he were to secure a starting job.
Ward was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a broken collarbone, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports. The only new point of emphasis here is that Ward is dealing with a broken collarbone, whereas his previous injury designation given by the team was simply a shoulder issue. He'll be done the for the season nonetheless, with Keith Reaser and JaCorey Shepherd likely benefiting from added playing time in the final two weeks of the season.
Ward (shoulder) was placed on IR Tuesday. Ward injured his shoulder in Sunday's game against the Falcons and won't play again this year. He'll finish the season with 64 tackles and 12 passes defensed, including an interception. With Ward out, Keith Reaser and JaCorey Shepherd will look to see increased roles on defense.
Ward (shoulder) is out for the remainder of Sunday's game, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports. Ward suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the game. The severity of the injury will likely be determined in the near future. In the mean time, Keith Reaser should see increased playing time at cornerback for the 49ers.
Ward is questionable to return to Sunday's game due to a shoulder injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports. If Ward is forced to miss time, expect Keith Reaser to see additional action in the 49ers' secondary.