Browns CB Denzel Ward suffers back injury, to undergo MRI
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson says rookie cornerback Denzel Ward is set to get an MRI, likely on Friday, after suffering a back injury during the Browns’ preseason game against the Eagles on Thursday night, Dan Labbe of cleveland.com reports.
“We will do everything we can just to make sure, but we will definitely do the imaging and report just to make sure we know everything that is going on with his back,” Jackson said.
Ward was injured making a tackle on Eagles tight end Zach Ertz following a seven-yard reception early in the first quarter.
Ward walked off the field after laying on the ground while being tended to by the training staff. He was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation and was later ruled out for the rest of the game.
Although, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that Ward’s early exit was more of a precautionary measure than a sign of that his injury was serious.
If that is indeed the case, it should be good news for the Browns, who are expecting big things from Ward. The No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft has impressed with his performances this offseason and is expected to start right away at cornerback for the Browns this season.
The Browns are already dealing with injury concerns at cornerback after E.J. Gaines suffered a knee sprain that could see him miss the season opener. Hopefully, Ward’s back injury doesn’t end up jeopardizing his availability for Week 1 as well.