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Denzel Ward active, expected to start today vs. Washington

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense received a big piece of good news this morning, as No. 1 cornerback Denzel Ward will be active for the game against Washington at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Ward hurt his groin in practice Thursday and didn’t practice Friday. He was listed as questionable on the official injury report.

He tested the groin before the game under the watchful eyes of coaches and general manager Andrew Berry and was given the green light. He’s expected to start.


No. 2 cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder) was ruled out Friday for the third straight game. Terrance Mitchell will again start in his place.

Linebacker Mack Wilson (knee) is active for the first time, but Malcolm Smith is expected to start on the weak side with Wilson coming off the bench.

The other inactives for the Browns (1-1): defensive end Olivier Vernon (abdomen), rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips (knee), receivers Rashard Higgins and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones and guard Evan Brown. Higgins, Peoples-Jones and Brown are coach’s decisions.

Adrian Clayborn (hip) will start in place of Vernon. Clayborn had been listed as questionable.

Washington’s inactives are: quarterback Alex Smith, cornerback Danny Johnson, running back Bryce Love, linebacker Cole Holcomb, tackle David Sharpe, tackle Saahdiq Charles and defensive end James Smith-Williams.





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