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No. 4 pick Denzel Ward doesn’t practice with hip flexor strain, says should be back soon

Rookie minicamp didn’t start as cornerback Denzel Ward hoped.

Ward, the No. 4 pick in the draft last week out of Ohio State, didn’t practice Saturday after straining a hip flexor Friday in his first practice in the NFL.

“It’s just precautionary,” Ward said through the team’s media relations department. “I wish I was out there with my guys but the training staff is being smart about it. I felt a little something in my hip yesterday at practice but I should be back soon.”

Ward participated in the early portions of practice Friday, then sat out team drills.

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Coach Hue Jackson said he will always be cautious with injury situations, especially at this point of the year.

“I think he’ll be OK,” he said Friday. “I’m going to be very slow with any guys that have anything right now because I don’t think this is what it’s really about, it’s getting him here and learning what we do and how we do it and make sure we get him to the next practice or the practice after that, or however that works.”

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