Browns Denzel Ward to miss ‘a few weeks’ with calf strain

Denzel Ward will miss some time for the Browns

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward is expected to miss “a few weeks” with a calf strain, according to to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Ward had an MRI on Monday, after having a timely interception in Cleveland’s 22-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

He has two interceptions on the season, and leads the NFL in passes defensed with 15.

Ward has started all 10 games for the Browns this season, and has consistently been the lone bright spot in the secondary.

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski already ruled out superstar defensive end Myles Garrett on Monday, who will remain on the COVID-19 reserve list and will not play versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. This will be the second game in a row for Cleveland without Garrett.

Surely, the Browns defense will be tested again without two of their brightest cornerstone pieces healthy. Additionally, Ronnie Harrison is day-to-day with a knee contusion and is questionable to play against his former team on Sunday.

The Browns have been without their other starting cornerback, Greedy Williams, since he suffered a shoulder injury in training camp. Williams remains on the IR and will not play versus Jacksonville.

To replace Ward in the depleted secondary, the Browns could turn to nickel corner Kevin Johnson, Tavierre Thomas, undrafted rookie A.J. Green, preseason waiver addition M.J. Stewart or Robert Jackson. Johnson has cracked the defensive rotation situationally for the Browns, while Thomas has played on defense in a pinch.

The Browns will travel to Florida to play the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.