Browns' Pro Bowl Corner Remains in Concussion Protocol

The Cleveland Browns lost one of their biggest stars to a concussion in their disappointing Week 5 30-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and he's still apparently grappling with its consequences. According to head coach Kevin Stefanski, cornerback Denzel Reward remains in concussion protocol more than two weeks after the initial injury.
Ward exited after 56 snaps in Week 5. He had been his typically solid self to that point in the season, allowing a 75.1 passer rating on throws in his direction while nabbing one interception and breaking up six passes. Martin Emerson has replaced him in the starting lineup the past two weeks, allowing 116 yards on 11 targets. 

The Browns will need Ward back soon if they have any hope of turning around a defense that has allowed the fifth-most points in the league. His continued absence speaks to the unpredictability and severity of concussions in the NFL. 

Ward joined the Browns as their fourth-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He immediately announced himself as a star in the league, earning a Pro Bowl in his rookie seasons while hauling in three interceptions and breaking up 11 passes. He earned his second Pro Bowl just last year and was potentially on pace for a third this season before his unfortunate concussion. Hopefully, he'll feel better soon.

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