Denzel Ward began his Cleveland Browns career today with the first day of rookie mini-camp. He didn’t finish the session.
Ward reportedly suffered “a nick” according to Browns head coach Hue Jackson. He was held out of the end of practice.
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like Ward was hurt badly. Jackson told reporters it was a precautionary measure.
Ward will be evaluated tomorrow.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson critiques Baker Mayfield's first practice; Denzel Ward "nicked." pic.twitter.com/yEIRcrsh5b
— Jeff Schudel (@jsproinsider) May 4, 2018
#Browns HC Hue Jackson took cornerback Denzel Ward out of practice to be cautious if he thinks a player has a nick. Will see how he is tomorrow. Ward sat out the last couple sessions including team drills.
— Jason Gibbs (@BGSUGibbs) May 4, 2018
If you believe in bad karma–and if you’re a Browns fan, you probably do–this isn’t how you wanted the No. 4 pick in the draft to get started in Cleveland.
However, Ward doesn’t look like he will be out of action long. That’s a relief for the Browns.
Cleveland badly needs Ward to be successful long-term. The franchise was criticized for taking Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall and then tabbing Ward fourth with defensive end Bradley Chubb and offensive lineman Quenton Nelson still on the board.