The Browns confronted the potential of some troublesome injury information on the ultimate day of their minicamp, when cornerback Denzel Ward left the sector with a foot injury. The newest replace on his situation is encouraging, nevertheless.
As detailed by Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal, there was “no structural damage” to the foot brought on by the injury Ward suffered on Thursday. As a outcome, he’s anticipated to be wholesome in time for coaching camp subsequent month. That shall be welcomed information for the Browns, contemplating their current monetary funding in the 25-yerar-old.
Cleveland briefly made Ward the highest-paid corner in league history in April, signing him to a five-year extension price $20.1M per season. While his annual compensation now ranks second in the NFL at his place, the deal additionally included a brand new watermark in assured cash at $44.5M. Any vital injury suffered earlier than that pact kicks in beginning subsequent season would, in fact, set the Browns again considerably.
The No. 4 decide in 2018, Ward has lived as much as his draft standing as some of the impactful and constant members of Cleveland’s protection. In 2021, he matched his profession excessive with three interceptions, incomes himself a second Pro Bowl nod alongside the best way. The Ohio State alum will go into 2022 atop the group’s CB depth chart, which additionally options Greedy Williams and Greg Newsome.
On a associated be aware, Easterling provides that Williams spent minicamp coping with a sprained ankle, one other injury that “isn’t expected to be a long-term issue.” Those optimistic updates will permit for the continued optimism surrounding the Browns protection heading into the season, a unit which, in all likelihood, shall be closely leaned upon if the group is to contend in the AFC.