The Browns will be minus starting cornerback Denzel Ward for the season finale Sunday against the Ravens, as coach Gregg Williams announced Ward will miss the AFC North game with a concussion.
Ward had a solid rookie season, as the first-round pick ranks tied for second in interceptions and passes defended, tied for ninth in forced fumbles and tied for first with two fumble recoveries among first-year players.
“He has had a really good year, and I am sure that there will be a lot of thing that when he steps into the arena next year that he has a good feel for,” Williams said of Ward.
“That first year is night and day differently from the college game, but we will take care of that come back in the offseason program get started and all of those things.
“He has to get on and ready to roll, and he will have a game here maybe a few weeks from now. We will see how he goes and see if he is able to play a few weeks from now. We will see.”
Ward has had two concussions this season, the second coming on Sunday in the Browns eight-point win over the Bengals at home.
The injury took place when he attempted to make a tackle on Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah late in the game.
Ward lowered his head and hit Uzomah’s left shoulder pad, leaving the game after the hit and he was eventually taken to the teams’ medical tent.
Williams said Friday that it’s not been determined if Ward will play in the Pro Bowl for the AFC or if the concussion will force him to miss the annual game.
“Those will be things and those are things we have discussed,” Williams said.
“We will see and the protocol will determine that, and it will be what they say.”
Ward’s spot in the starting lineup for the season finale on Sunday will be filled by T.J. Carrie.
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