Ward fractured his collarbone during Thursday's practice and is out for at least the remainder of spring workouts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Ward suffered the injury while making a diving catch for a ball. He's broken his collarbone before in 2016 and has also broken each of his foot and forearm on two separate occasions throughout his career. The 49ers gave him a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with $3 million in guarantees this spring with hopes he could stay healthy, despite Ward having finished four of his first five seasons on injured reserve. It seems the team can still get a sizable return on its investment if Ward is only sidelined through spring workouts. It's not clear how long it took him to recover from the broken collarbone the first time around since he fractured it near the end of that year.
The 49ers fear Ward broke his collarbone while diving for a catch during Thursday's practice, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Ward is headed for X-rays and a full evaluation. More information on his status should be available in the next day or so. If his collarbone is indeed broken, Ward -- under contract for only one year -- could be sidelined for a significant portion of the upcoming season. Ward has finished four of his first five seasons on injured reserve.
Ward agreed to re-sign with the 49ers on Wednesday on a one-year contract, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Ward notched 24 tackles and one forced fumble across nine games with the 49ers in 2018 before suffering a season-ending broken forearm. The 27-year-old will compete for a starting role at safety during the offseason and training camp.
Ward (forearm) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Ward fractured his forearm in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers and it was only a matter of time until he was moved to injured reserve. The 27-year-old will finish the 2018 season with 24 tackles (19 solo) and a forced fumble in nine games for the 49ers.
Ward (forearm) will not return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Ward was originally considered questionable to return, but his forearm injury is severe enough to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the contest. D.J. Reed may be asked to fill in at free safety.
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