Jonathan Ward

Tennessee Titans
Running Back #29
Tennessee Titans
Running Back #29

Jonathan Ward News

Joins 53-man roster

The Titans elevated Ward from their practice squad to the active roster Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: With Derrick Henry (hip), Dontrell Hilliard (neck) and Trenton Cannon (knee) all not expected to suit up Thursday night versus Dallas, Ward is now in line to serve as Tennessee's No. 3 backfield option in Week 17 behind Hassan Haskins and Julius Chestnut. Since joining the Titans on Dec. 13, the 25-year-old has yet to log an offensive snap.

Dec 29, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Back on Titans' practice squad

Ward reverted to Tennessee's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Ward made his Titans debut during Saturday's loss to the Texans, when he played eight snaps on special teams and logged one tackle in kick coverage. Previously this season, he played five games for the Cardinals. Ward is eligible to be elevated from Tennessee's practice squad up to two more times this season.

Dec 27, 2022 8:10 AM EST

Bumped up to active roster

The Titans elevated Ward from their practice squad to the active roster Friday ahead of Saturday's matchup against Houston, Ben Arthur of reports.

Analysis: Ward was signed to the Titans' practice squad Tuesday and will be elevated to the active roster for his first game with Tennessee. He played primarily on special teams during five contests with the Jets to begin the season and figures to garner a similar role for the Titans in Week 16.

Dec 23, 2022 2:06 PM EST

Finds new home

Ward signed with the Titans' practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Ward was cut from the Jets' practice squad last Tuesday, after he had originally started the season with the Cardinals. He'll give the Titans an emergency option at running back, with Dontrell Hilliard (neck) already ruled out for Week 15 and Hassan Haskins (hip) questionable.

Dec 13, 2022 3:58 PM EST

Loses roster spot

Ward was cut from the Jets' practice squad Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ward joined the team last Tuesday after being waived by the Cardinals. His departure could be a sign that Michael Carter (ankle) will be ready to return Week 14 against the Bills.

Dec 6, 2022 3:13 PM EST

Signs practice-squad deal

The Jets signed Ward to a practice-squad deal Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Ward was recently waived from injured reserve by the Cardinals, but his hamstring injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to prevent him from signing with the Jets. New York already has Breece Hall (knee) on IR and Michael Carter (ankle) is considered day-to-day, so Ward will operate as an emergency depth option on the practice squad.

Nov 29, 2022 12:49 PM EST

Let go Tuesday

Ward (hamstring) was waived from injured reserve by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ward was placed on IR on Oct. 12 after suffering the injury in a Week 5 loss to the Cardinals. Pelissero notes that Ward is fully healthy now and could play if anyone decides to claim him, or call after he clears waivers.

Nov 22, 2022 11:46 AM EST

Placed on IR

Ward (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ward exited the Cardinals' Week 5 loss to the Eagles early with a hamstring injury and he will now miss a minimum of four weeks while on IR. The Cardinals added both Corey Clement and Ty'Son Williams to their practice squad, providing additional depth behind James Conner (ribs) and Eno Benjamin heading into Sunday's contest against the Seahawks.

Oct 12, 2022 8:22 AM EST

Ruled out for game

Ward won't return to Sunday's game against the Eagles due to a hamstring injury, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: Ward was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game in the second half, although the extent of his injury isn't yet clear. His next chance to play will be next Sunday against the Seahawks.

Oct 9, 2022 3:59 PM EST

No injury designation for Week 1

Ward (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward was limited Wednesday and Thursday but logged a full practice Friday and will be good to go for Week 1. The third-year running back has appeared in 27 games over the last two seasons, but he's operated primarily on special teams.

Sep 9, 2022 2:43 PM EST

Close to 100 percent

Ward (shoulder) practiced Monday and is close to 100 percent, Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Ward sustained a shoulder injury during the Cardinals' second preseason game in mid-August, and he's been considered day-to-day recently. It's not yet clear whether he faced any limitations during Monday's practice session, but it seems like he has a chance to be back to full health in time for the Cardinals' Week 1 matchup against Kansas City on Sunday.

Sep 5, 2022 3:05 PM EST

Remains day-to-day

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that Ward (shoulder) remains day-to-day, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Ward injured his shoulder during Arizona's second exhibition game, which he finished with 128 all-purpose yards, and didn't suit up for the preseason finale. However, he still made the team's 53-man roster, suggesting the shoulder issue isn't too serious. The third-year pro has appeared in 27 games over the past two seasons in Arizona, playing mostly on special teams.

Sep 2, 2022 11:29 AM EST

Hurts shoulder Sunday

Ward (shoulder) won't return to Sunday's preseason game against the Ravens.

Analysis: Ward was busy before getting hurt, rushing three times for 11 yards while adding a 27-yard catch and returning three kickoffs for 90 yards. His ability to contribute on both offense and special teams has Ward in contention for a roster spot, though this injury could put a dent in those hopes. The 24-year-old running back will try to heal up in time for Saturday's preseason finale in Tennessee.

Aug 21, 2022 6:27 PM EST

Scores two TDs Friday

Ward carried the ball six times for 15 yards and two touchdowns and caught both his targets for 26 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Analysis: The third-year player out of Central Michigan was the second running back into the game for Arizona after Eno Benjamin, and Ward made the most of his opportunity by scoring a pair of one-yard TDs in the second quarter. His work on special teams could ensure he has a spot on the 53-man roster, but Ward's role on offense will likely be minimal as he seems to be at best No. 5 on the depth chart behind James Conner, Darrel Williams, Benjamin and rookie Keaontay Ingram.

Aug 12, 2022 8:33 PM EST

Signs tender Monday

Ward signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward's work at running back has been limited during his first two seasons in the NFL -- nine carries for 33 yards and three catches for 34 yards -- but that could change in 2022 with the departure of Chase Edmonds. Currently, the Cardinals have James Conner, Eno Benjamin and Jaylen Samuels under contract, but they've been rumored to be interested in Darrel Williams and could possibly use the draft to bolster their backfield depth as well.

Apr 11, 2022 1:18 PM EST

Contract tender extended

The Cardinals have extended a one-year contract tender to Ward.

Analysis: With that, Ward, who was poised to become an exclusive rights free agent, is now on track to remain a depth piece in the team's 2022 backfield. Who the 24-year-old will be working behind, however, remains to be seen, with both James Conner and Chase Edmonds both pending unrestricted free agents.

Mar 9, 2022 12:46 PM EST

Out Monday

Ward (knee) is inactive Monday against the Rams. Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site reports.

Analysis: Ward was able to log a limited practice Saturday after sitting out Thursday and Friday, but he's still unable to suit up. With James Conner (ribs) and Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) both active, as well as Eno Benjamin, Ward's absence shouldn't have an impact on the Cardinals' offense.

Jan 17, 2022 3:56 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Ward (knee) is questionable for Monday's wild-card matchup against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Ward was held out of practice Thursday and Friday, but he returned in a limited capacity Saturday. Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) isn't on the injury report for Monday's contest, so Ward is unlikely to see significant work against the Rams, even if James Conner (ribs) is held out.

Jan 15, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Yet to practice this week

Ward (knee) did not practice Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward was injured in Week 18 against the Seahawks and has yet to practice this week. With James Conner (ribs) and Chase Edmonds (ribs) also questionable, the Cardinals' backfield is banged up going into Monday's matchup with the Rams.

Jan 14, 2022 5:44 PM EST

DNP Thursday

Ward (knee) did not practice Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: The running back was unavailable for Thursday's practice after being considered day-to-day Wednesday. Ward is dealing with a knee issue and his status at Friday's practice will provide more clarity to his chances to play Monday against the Rams.

Jan 13, 2022 3:08 PM EST

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