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Indianapolis Colts

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July 18, 2019 12:52 AM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Returns to action in minicamp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (ankle) participated in June minicamp, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Ward missed the final nine games of the season after suffering ligament damage to his left ankle in Week 7. The 25-year-old appears as though he'll enter training camp fully healthy.

October 27, 2018 12:56 AM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Ward suffered ligament damage to his left ankle during a win over the Bills in Week 7, and the third-year defensive tackle will now focus his efforts on recovering for the 2019 season. Hassan Ridgeway will serve as the primary backup to Denico Autry for the rest of the season.

October 27, 2018 01:28 PM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Won't play Week 8
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Ward never had a chance to play Sunday after sustaining ligament damage in his left ankle during Indianapolis' win over the Bills in Week 7. The 24-year-old had earned a key rotational role in the Colts' defense, but he appears to be facing an extended absence from the field. Hassan Ridgeway should benefit from an increased defensive role in Ward's absence going forward.

October 23, 2018 07:28 PM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Dealing with ligament damage in ankle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward revealed Tuesday that he sustained a severe left ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Bills, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Ward was unable to return after exiting with the injury, which he suggested involved damage to both his "bones and ligaments." It's a disappointing setback for Ward, who had made an impression in a rotational role with three sacks in six games. The 24-year-old seems likely to be placed on injured reserve in the coming days, though the Colts haven't announced their plans just yet.

October 21, 2018 08:56 PM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Out for remainder of Sunday's contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Bills, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Previous suspicions were confirmed once Ward was officially ruled out. The Colts will likely provide a clearer timeframe for a return following the contest. As for now, Grover Stewart figures to assume Ward's role.

October 21, 2018 01:40 PM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Carted off field in early stages
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Bills with an apparent ankle injury and is questionable to return, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

The extent of Ward's ankle issue is still unknown, but it's unlikely Ward will return following the need of a medical cart. More details regarding the severity of Ward's injury should emerge as the game progresses.

September 14, 2018 08:32 AM
Colts' Jihad Ward: Joins Colts' active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was signed to the Colts 53-man roster Thursday.

Ward was let go by the Cowboys at roster cutdowns. He was subsequently signed to the Colts practice squad, and didn't have to wait long before joining the active roster. The 24-year-old should play a reserve role on Indianapolis' defensive line, and had 33 total tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery over the past two seasons in Oakland.

April 29, 2018 10:20 PM
Cowboys' Jihad Ward: Sent to Dallas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward was traded from Oakland to Dallas for wideout Ryan Switzer.

Ward suited up for just five games in 2017, posting two tackles (one solo) and one sack. The third-year pro wouldn't see many snaps in Dallas as a defensive end, so he'll likely bump to defensive tackle, where he'll work in a reserve role in 2018.

December 14, 2017 03:52 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Full participant Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Ward has missed nine straight games due to a lingering foot injury but now looks ready to return to action. Whether Ward is activated as a part of the Raiders' 53-man roster Sunday remains to be seen, but he at least appears healthy enough to play if called upon.

December 10, 2017 12:24 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Inactive for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Ward has only suited up three times this season, playing just 35 defensive snaps and posting no notable stat line. The second-year pro is a depth defensive lineman anyway, so his absence doesn't shake up the Raiders' defense.

December 8, 2017 05:00 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Unlikely to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's tilt against the Chiefs.

Ward is now slated to miss his ninth consecutive game, though his continued absence hasn't had much of an impact on the Raiders' defense with starting defensive ends Khalil Mack and Mario Edwards staying healthy.

August 22, 2017 11:48 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Activated from PUP list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) was taken off the Raiders' Physically Unable to Perform list after passing a physical Monday, freelance NFL reporter Adam Caplan reports.

Ward underwent minor foot surgery in June, but has been out of a walking boot since early August. The 23-year-old had an up-and-down rookie season in 2016 and will likely play a backup role in the Raiders' defensive-line rotation to start the upcoming campaign.

August 10, 2017 03:56 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Likely to practice next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) is moving well on the side and is expected to be back at practice next week, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ward is still on the PUP list, but after reports early in the week said he was close to returning, it appears as though he's now set to return sometime next week barring any setbacks. Once removed, he'll begin competing for backup reps on the defensive line.

August 6, 2017 03:48 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Close to returning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) is close to returning to practice, Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune reports.

Ward, who's bouncing back from foot surgery, is out of his walking boot and was pushing sleds on the sidelines during Sunday's practice. It doesn't look like he'll remain on the PUP list much longer. When cleared to play, he'll compete with Denico Autry and Branden Jackson for reps behind Khalil Mack and Mario Edwards.

August 5, 2017 06:20 AM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Out of walking boot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) has not yet returned to practice, but he was recently seen without his walking boot, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ward is recovering from foot surgery he underwent in June. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp and is not expected to be medically cleared to return until at least mid-August. As a rookie, Ward roamed the field on 61 percent of the team's defensive snaps and recorded 30 tackles in the process.

July 31, 2017 06:44 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Still in walking boot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) remains in a walking boot as of Monday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

After undergoing foot surgery in June, Ward's placement on the PUP list Saturday was expected, as he won't take the practice field until mid-August, at the earliest. As a rookie in 2016, he tallied 30 tackles (16 solo) and one fumble recovery while picking up nearly 61 percent of the defensive snaps. Thus, if his absence extends into the regular season, Mario Edwards (undisclosed) could be the beneficiary at defensive end.

July 7, 2017 01:28 AM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Expected back in mid-August
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward (foot) is expected to return to the field in mid-August but the Raiders are not going to rush his return, Kevin Patra of reports.

Ward underwent minor foot surgery earlier this week and while he won't be available at the beginning of training camp, the Raiders are confident he'll be back before the start of the regular season. His absence from the field will give other reserve defensive linemen an opportunity for more reps in the hopes of landing a spot on the 53-man roster.

July 6, 2017 11:40 AM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Undergoes surgery on left leg
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ward underwent surgery on his left leg in June, Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Ward looked to have been favoring his left leg during June's OTAs and reportedly "wasn't seen working again all spring." An Instagram post by 247Sports' Kevin Boilard from Monday shows a picture of Ward in hospital clothing while supporting his left leg with a scooter. It isn't clear if Ward will be ready to go in time for training camp.

April 29, 2016 08:11 PM
Raiders' Jihad Ward: Second-round pick for Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Raiders selected Ward in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 44th overall.

Ward didn't produce much at Illinois, but his rawness is largely explained by inexperience, and the presumption is that he has considerable upside thanks to unusual athleticism for a player with such a big build. At 6-foot-5, 297 pounds, Ward is an enormous figure, but he showed standout quickness and explosiveness at the Combine by logging a 7.38-second three-cone drill and 111-inch broad jump at the Combine.

Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2016Oakland Raiders163016.0140000.0000
2017Oakland Raiders521.011000.0000
2018Indianapolis Colts644.003000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2016Oakland Raiders1600001010
2017Oakland Raiders500000000
2018Indianapolis Colts600000000

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