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Browns’ Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams expected back for Week 8

Denzel Ward, Browns, Greedy Williams

The Cleveland Browns will need all hands on deck to have any chance of beating the New England Patriots in Foxborough this weekend. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams have been cleared to return from their hamstring injuries and are expected to suit up against the Patriots on Sunday.

Both players have missed the last four games, adding to the Browns’ litany of problems.

Ward is now in his second season after being selected fourth overall out of Ohio State by Cleveland in 2018.

He had a terrific rookie campaign, playing in 13 games and registering 53 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble, a couple of fumble recoveries and 11 passes defended, making the Pro Bowl in the process.

However, 2019 has been rough for Ward thus far, as he logged just seven tackles without a pick or a pass defended in his first two contests and has not been on the field since.

Meanwhile, Williams, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was chosen by the Browns in the second round (46th pick overall) of the NFL Draft back in April.

Through two games, the rookie has tallied five tackles.

Cleveland’s defense has been a disaster all year long, as it ranks just 22nd in both yards and points allowed, which has been a rather significant factor in the club’s 2-4 start.

The Browns are coming off of a bye week and are in desperate need of a win against a 7-0 Patriots squad that is showing no signs of slowing down.