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.
Ward had six tackles in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.
Ward returned from a three-week absence due to a calf injury. The cornerback is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, leading the league with 15 passes defensed.
Ward (calf) is active for Sunday night's game against the Giants, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Limited practice participation throughout the week hinted that Ward was trending toward his first game appearance since Nov. 22, but now it's confirmed that Cleveland will return its No. 1 cornerback to the lineup. The 2018 Pro Bowler has amassed a career-high 15 pass deflections over 10 appearances this season, surrendering four TD passes in coverage while notching a pair of interceptions.
Ward (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Giants, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Ward logged a trio of limited practices this week, providing a chance for the third-year cornerback to return to game action for the first time since Week 11. Kevin Johnson has been filling in for Ward, but now he's questionable with a groin injury as well. If neither player is cleared, Tavierre Thomas is expected to start at left cornerback.
Ward (calf) said he feels "great," and he will return to the field Sunday against the Giants barring any setbacks, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Ward, who missed the last three games, returned to practice this week. He ran full speed Thursday, executing all the cuts and maneuvers a cornerback needs. The third-year corner is on pace to have his best NFL season with a career-high 15 pass breakups, tied for fourth in the league.
Ward (calf) returned to practice Wednesday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
This marks Ward's first practice activity since the starting cornerback suffered a calf injury in Week 11. His level of participation in practice this week will dictate whether Ward's able to suit up Sunday against the Giants, but this is a step in the right direction regardless.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday that he's "confident" Ward (calf) will practice this week, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Ward hasn't practiced since suffering a calf injury during the Week 11 win over the Eagles. The third-year cornerback is trending in the right direction, however, and the next step in his recovery is getting back to practice. Whether that translates into playing this Sunday against the Giants remains to be seen. Kevin Johnson will continue starting at cornerback until Ward is fully cleared.
Ward (calf) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Ward is poised to miss a third consecutive game after sitting out for the entire practice week. Kevin Johnson has managed Ward's starting cornerback role of late, and he figures to retain those duties in a crucial divisional bout.
Ward (calf) missed practice Wednesday, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski did not have an update on Ward, who missed the last two games due to the injury. He's expected to land on Thursday's injury report, the first one the team must publish ahead of Monday night's game against Baltimore. Kevin Johnson filled in for Ward at cornerback while M.J. Stewart took over for Johnson as the nickel corner.
Ward (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
This news comes as no surprise after coach Kevin Stefanski deemed Ward "unlikely" to play earlier in the week. Top Titans wideout A.J. Brown will likely be the primary beneficiary of Ward's absence, while Kevin Johnson will attempt to fill Ward's shoes opposite Terrance Mitchell in Cleveland's secondary.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that Ward (calf) is "unlikely" to play this Sunday against the Titans, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
This lines up with Ward's initial diagnosis, which put him on track to sit out multiple weeks. The Browns' secondary clearly missed its No. 1 cornerback against the Jaguars, as Mike Glennon threw for 235 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Kevin Johnson and Terrance Mitchell will need to overcome his absence once again against A.J. Brown and the Titans.
The Browns have officially ruled Ward (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
It was reported earlier this week that Ward could miss a few weeks with a calf strain, so this news is essentially a formality. His absence figures to create an opportunity for Kevin Johnson to replace him at cornerback, while Tavierre Thomas and M.J. Stewart could potentially see increased snaps as well.
Ward (calf) is expected to miss a few weeks with a calf strain, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Ward played every snap in this past Sunday's win over the Eagles but reported a calf injury Monday. He underwent an MRI, which revealed a calf strain that will force him to miss at least a couple of games. However, the Browns stopped short of providing a definitive timeline. The 23-year-old cornerback will miss this Sunday's game against the Jaguars, and he should be considered week-to-week moving forward.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Ward will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the calf injury the cornerback suffered in Sunday's win over the Eagles, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Ward played every defensive snaps submitted one of the best outings of his career (four pass breakups, three tackles and an interception) in Week 11, but he came out of the contest banged up. Further testing will reveal whether the third-year cornerback will be at risk of missing the Browns' next game Nov. 29 versus the Jaguars. Ward's potential absence next weekend would loom large, especially with starting safety Ronnie Harrison (knee) also at risk of missing the game.
Ward had four tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in Sunday's 49-38 win over Dallas.
Ward sealed the game when he picked off a Dak Prescott pass in the red zone with less than two minutes left. He battled a groin injury during the practice week but managed to play all 82 defensive snaps against the Cowboys. And many of those snaps were pass plays -- Prescott dropped back 61 times -- so Ward was active in the win.
Ward (groin) is active Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Ward's status was in question after he aggravated his groin injury last week against the Bengals, but he was still able to suit up for limited practices both Thursday and Friday. That's good news for a Cleveland secondary that continues to be without Greedy Williams (shoulder). Ward is again expected to start at conerback opposite Terrance Mitchell, who has been filling in for Williams.
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|Thu 09/17||vs CIN||W 35-30||2||1||3||0||0||3||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||vs WAS||W 34-20||1||1||2||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||@ DAL||W 49-38||4||0||4||0||1||2||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||vs IND||W 32-23||4||1||5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ PIT||L 7-38||1||2||3||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ CIN||W 37-34||5||1||6||0||0||3||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||vs LV||L 6-16||4||0||4||0||0||0||1||0|
|Sun 11/15||vs HOU||W 10-7||5||0||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||vs PHI||W 22-17||3||0||3||0||1||4||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||@ JAC||L 27-25||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||@ TEN||L 41-35||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 12/14||@ CLE||L 47-42||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ NYG||W 20-6||4||2||6||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||@ NYJ||L 16-23||2||0||2||0||0||2||0||0|
|Sun 01/17||@ KC||L 17-22||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
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