The Browns faced the possibility of some bad news about injuries on the last day of their mini-camp when cornerback Denzel Ward left the field with a leg injury. However, the latest update on his condition is encouraging.
As described in detail by Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal, there was no “structural damage” to the foot caused by Ward’s injury on Thursday. As a result, he is expected to be healthy in time for training camp next month. This will be welcome news for Brown, given their recent financial investment in the 25-year-old.
Cleveland made Ward briefly the highest paid corner in league history in April, signing a five-year extension worth $ 20.1 million per season. While his annual compensation now ranks second in the NFL in his position, the deal included a new $ 44.5 million guaranteed watermark. Any significant injury suffered before the entry into this pact at the beginning of next season, of course, would drive Browns crazy.
The No. 4 pick in 2018, Ward has held up to his draft status as one of the most influential and consistent members of Cleveland’s defense. In 2021, he compared his career high to three interceptions, winning a second Pro Bowl nod along the way. Ohio State Alum will enter 2022 at the top of the CB depth chart, which is also present Greedy Williams and Greg Newsom.
In a related note, Easterling added that Williams had spent a mini-camp dealing with a sprained ankle, another injury that “is not expected to be a long-term problem.” These positive updates will allow for continued optimism about the Browns’ defense, which is focusing on the season, a unit that, in all probabilitywill be highly relied upon if the team has to fight in the AFC.