Ward had three tackles in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to Kansas City. Ward returned from a two-week absence while on the COVID-19 list. He once again was Cleveland's top cover corner and led the team with 18 passes defensed during the regular season. Ward also had 46 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble over 12 games. He has one year left on the deal he signed after being selected fourth overall in 2018, and the club has an option for 2022.
The Browns activated Ward and fellow cornerback Kevin Johnson from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Ward is the team's top corner, while Johnson has worked as the nickelback for most of the season. The Browns were able to win convincingly in the wild-card round without them, though their reserve cornerbacks had some trouble covering Pittsburgh's talented wideouts. Cleveland gets an even bigger challenge this weekend in Kansas City, where Ward could be asked to shadow star receiver Tyreek Hill.
Ward won't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Ward tested positive for the virus before Week 17, and he was unable to clear the necessary hurdles to return to action. Kevin Johnson faces the same fate. In turn, Terrance Mitchell (personal), who is listed as questionable but is expected to play, and Robert Jackson should start at cornerback against Pittsburgh's wealth of wide receivers.
Ward (illness) remains on the Browns' reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. The 23-year-old currently remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The cornerback still has a chance to play in Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Steelers if he becomes healthy, but it is currently unknown when that might be declared. Kevin Johnson will likely start at outside cornerback Sunday given Ward remains out,
Ward (illness) will miss Sunday's game against the Steelers after having been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Ward could also be in jeopardy of missing the wild-card round of the playoffs if the Browns do earn a postseason berth, given that he's tested positive for COVID-19 and cannot return for at least 10 days. Kevin Johnson could start at outside cornerback in Ward's stead.
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