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Denzel Ward’s injury not considered serious, per source

Cornerback Denzel Ward’s injury isn’t considered serious after he walked off the field Thursday during the final practice of the offseason, a team source told The Chronicle-Telegram.

Ward, who signed a five-year, $100.5 million contract extension in April, had his left shoe off and a member of the medical staff checked him on the bench during the last of three mandatory minicamp practices. Ward then walked slowly into the locker room at FirstEnergy Stadium with another member of the athletic training staff. Ward didn’t return to practice.

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Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t have an update immediately after practice.

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The Browns won’t practice again until training camp July 27, and the season starts Sept. 11 in Carolina. Ward is expected to be ready.

Ward, 25, is the team’s No. 1 corner. He was the No. 4 pick in 2018 and made his second Pro Bowl last season after three interceptions, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown in a win over the Bengals, and 10 passes defensed.

Greedy Williams, the third cornerback, didn’t practice during minicamp with an undisclosed injury. He rode the stationary bike and worked on the side.

Without Ward and Williams, starter Greg Newsome II was joined by A.J. Green and rookie third-round pick Martin Emerson Jr. in the first-team nickel package.

Ward has 10 interceptions, 50 passes defensed and two touchdowns in four years, establishing himself as one of the league’s top cover guys. The only knock is that he missed a few games in his first three seasons with minor injuries. He was sidelined for three as a rookie and four each the next two years.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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