Browns Rule Out Pair of Stars for Week 7

The Cleveland Browns will be without two of their best players when they visit the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. ESPN's Jake Trotter revealed Friday afternoon that guard Wyatt Teller and cornerback Denzel Ward have both been ruled out ahead of the crucial AFC North tilt. Teller exited after 15 snaps in the Brown's Week 6 38-15 loss to the New England Patriots with a calf injury. Ward has been unavailable since a concussion suffered in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ward has earned a pair of Pro Bowl for the Browns in 2018 and 2021 and was off to another strong start this season, allowing a 75.1 passer rating on throws in his direction across his five appearances. Missing two games with his concussion speaks to its severity.

Teller earned his first Pro Bowl last season. He has picked up right where he left off this year, earning an 85.3 overall grade from Pro Football Focus while paving the way for the league's leading rushing attack. The Browns rank first in total rushing yards through six games, and top back Nick Chubb leads the league with his 649 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Ward and Teller both came into the league during the 2018 NFL Draft, Ward as the Browns' fourth-overall pick, and Teller as a fifth-round selection for the Buffalo Bills. They've since entrenched themselves as stars in the league, and the Browns compensate them as such: Teller and Ward are each the second-highest-paid players in the NFL at their position in average annual compensation.
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