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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Restructures deal for cap space

    Ward and the Browns agreed to a restructured contract Wednesday, clearing $11.359 million in cap space, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. It's a simple conversion of salary into a bonus to give Cleveland additional cap space. Ward has four years left on a five-year, $100.5 million deal he signed last offseason. Ward appeared in 13 games in 2023, recording a career-low 34 tackles (30 solo), 11 pass breakups and two interceptions.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Ready for wild-card game

    Ward (knee) is good to go for Saturday's matchup with the Texans. Ward injured his knee during practice this week, which resulted in a questionable tag. He will ultimately play through any residual pain and presumably take on his usual responsibilities at cornerback opposite Greg Newsome assuming any setbacks are avoided.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Questionable versus Houston

    Ward questionable for Cleveland's wild-card matchup against Houston on Saturday due to a knee injury, Mary Kay Cabot of Celveland.com reports. Ward suffered a knee injury during Cleveland's practice, Thursday leaving his status for Saturday's game up in the air. If Ward ends up being unable to play, Martin Emerson should get the start at corner.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Returning after three-week absence

    Ward (shoudler) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears. Ward sustained a shoulder injury in Week 11 against the Steelers and missed the next three games. He was a limited participant in all three practices this week and will reclaim his starting corner spot alongside Greg Newsome for Sunday's contest.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Missing another week

    Ward (shoulder) is inactive ahead of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The 26-year-old cornerback is in line to miss his third game in a row as he continues to nurse a shoulder issue. Both Martin Emerson and Cameron Mitchell should see increased work in the Browns' secondary with Ward missing another game.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Could return Week 14

    Ward (shoulder) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ward has missed Cleveland's last two games with this shoulder issue, but after a week of limited practice sessions, he has a chance to suit up for Sunday's contest. The Browns' defense has struggled without Ward over the last two weeks, allowing 65 total points. If the 26-year-old cornerback is unable to return to the field in Week 14, Martin Emerson should see increased work in Cleveland's secondary.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Unavailable Week 12

    Ward (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. This news comes as no surprise after Cabot reported Thursday that Ward could face a multi-game absence. Martin Emerson is likely to draw the Week 12 start at cornerback versus Denver, while Ward's next chance to play will come Dec. 3 against the Rams.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Ward didn't participate in Cleveland's practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ward suffered a shoulder injury during last week's win over the Steelers and could be in danger of missing extended time because of it. If the 2018 first-round pick is unable to play against the Broncos on Sunday, Martin Emerson should start at corner in his place.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Clears injury designation

    Ward (neck) was a full participant in practice Thursday. Ward was unable to finish Sunday's win over the Ravens due to the injury, but it doesn't appear that it will carry into Week 11. Barring any setbacks, the Ohio State product will suit up against the Steelers.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Sparks TD drive

    Ward had three tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in Sunday's 27-0 win over Arizona in Week 9. Cleveland had just taken a 3-0 lead when Ward jumped a slant route intended for Marquise Brown and picked off Clayton Tune on the Cardinals' side of the field. Eleven plays later, Deshaun Watson found Amari Cooper for the Browns' first touchdown. It was the second interception in three games for Ward, who limited Brown to four catches (eight targets) and 24 yards.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Clears protocol, will play Week 1

    Ward (concussion) isn't listed on Cleveland's injury report Friday, which means he has been cleared to play in Sunday's season opener against the Bengals, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirms that Ward has cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. Ward had been in the protocol since Cleveland's preseason finale. The Pro Bowl cornerback will be integral to the Browns' attempts to slow down a high-flying Cincinnati passing attack that features wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Unable to return

    Ward (shoulder) will not return Sunday against the Steelers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Ward came into the day questionable with a shoulder injury, so he apparently aggravated it at some point in the first half. In his absence, A.J. Green and Martin Emerson will be candidates for extra opportunities.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Ready for action Sunday

    Ward (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Despite not practicing all week due to a shoulder issue, Ward is slated to command his usual starting cornerback spot during this weekend's matchup versus Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old currently needs two more tackles and one more interception to set new career highs in both of those categories.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Questionable to play Sunday

    Ward (ankle) is considered questionable to play Sunday versus the Steelers, Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ward has been dealing with an ankle injury for multiple weeks, but he was able to play in Week 17 versus the Commanders, making it likely that he'll be able to go in Week 18 against Pittsburgh. His status is worth monitoring as the contest approaches, and if he's ultimately forced to sit out, A.J. Green and Martin Emerson could be asked to step into larger roles in the secondary.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Sidelined Wednesday

    Ward didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness and an ankle injury, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports. Ward returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown and made six tackles across 53 defensive snaps in Week 13, but he's sidelined to start Week 14 prep due to a pair of issues. It's unclear how severe the illness and ankle injury are, but the starting cornerback will have two more opportunities to practice before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Sunday's divisional matchup against Cincinnati.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Will suit up Sunday

    Ward doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against Houston, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports. Ward landed on the injury report Wednesday as a limited participant due to ankle and hamstring injuries and was downgraded to a non-participant Thursday before logging another limited session Friday. However, his lack of participation appears to have been precautionary, as the starting cornerback won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's matchup. Across eight appearances, the fifth-year cornerback has totaled 38 tackles, seven pass defenses, one interception and one forced fumble.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Sits out practice Thursday

    Ward (ankle/hamstring) did not participate during the Browns' practice Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Ward played all but two of his team's defensive snaps against Tampa Bay in Week 12, though he appears to have sustained a pair of injuries during this contest. The 25-year-old managed to log a limited session Wednesday before failing to practice Thursday, leaving him questionable to play against Houston on Sunday. Ward will have one more practice to increase his activity before the Browns' release their final injury report Friday.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Appears ready to return

    Ward (concussion) was listed as a full participant on the Browns' injury report Thursday, Chris Easterling of The Akron Beacon Journal reports. Ward suffered a concussion in Cleveland's Week 5 loss to the Chargers and returned to practice in a limited fashion for the first time Wednesday. Now, the No.1 cornerback appears likely to clear protocols Week 10, as he responded "Yes sir. Can't wait," when asked if he'd be able to play this Sunday against Miami, per Easterling. With the availability of fellow cornerbacks Greg Newsome (oblique) and Martin Emerson (illness) up in the air, Ward's availability would mark a big boost for the Browns' secondary.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Returns to practice after bye

    Ward (concussion) was present at practice Monday ahead of Sunday's game at Miami, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. It's the first time Ward has been at practice since Week 5, when a concussion forced him out of a loss versus the Chargers early. The update suggests the two-time Pro Bowler may be able to play in Week 10, but if not, Greedy Williams and A.J. Green should continue to fill in on the boundaries.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Remains in protocols

    Ward is still in concussion protocols as of Thursday, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ward has been in protocols since suffering the concussion in Week 5. Although he could still gain clearance in time to play Monday against the Bengals, each day he doesn't certainly makes that less likely. If he is unable to play, rookie Martin Emerson will continue to see extra opportunity.
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