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Cleveland Brown’s Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward has been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ward was already questionable with a groin injury sustained in Monday’s loss in Pittsburgh. The fourth-year cornerback had three interceptions this season, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown that set the tone in the Browns’ 41-16 victory over the Bengals on November 7.
The Browns (7-9) will end a disappointing season without Ward and linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was also placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
Greedy Williams would be Ward’s likely replacement in the starting lineup, but he is dealing with a shoulder injury and was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
Brown’s activated running back D’Ernest Johnson from the reserve / COVID-19 list, and the timing is good as Nick Chubb (rib / chest) and Kareem Hunt (ankle) are dealing with injuries and can sit out.