Jonathan Ward

Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #29
Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #29

Jonathan Ward News

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 ArizonaSports.com 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 ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com 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


Considered day-to-day

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Ward (knee) is considered day-to-day, Dana Scott of the Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Ward's status for the wild-card matchup with the Rams wouldn't mean much by itself, but it's big news given the Cardinals' two primary running backs -- James Conner (ribs/heel) and Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) -- are both considered day-to-day as well. However, Kingsbury did add that all three will be tested during Thursday's practice, which should give a better indication of their statuses' for Monday.

Jan 12, 2022 11:30 AM EST


Questionable to return

Ward (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Ward was banged up in the second half of Sunday's matchup. Since James Conner (ribs) is also questionable to return, Eno Benjamin should see an uptick in usage out of the backfield.

Jan 9, 2022 4:15 PM EST


Will play Monday

Ward was cleared of all injury designations Saturday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward originally suffered a concussion on Nov. 19 against the Seahawks, then was placed on the COVID list on Nov. 30, while still recovering from the concussion. He cleared COVID protocols on Thursday and returned to both the active roster and practice field. After getting in a full practice Saturday, Ward will suit up Monday against the Rams. He should file in behind James Conner and Eno Benjamin on the running back positional depth chart.

Dec 11, 2021 5:28 PM EST


Back from COVID list

Ward (concussion) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Ward landed on the COVID list in late November but has now cleared the health and safety protocols. He hasn't seen the field since Week 8 after suffering a concussion but should be available for Arizona this weekend.

Dec 9, 2021 12:47 PM EST


Lands on COVID list

The Cardinals have placed Ward (concussion) on their reserve/COVID-19 list, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward has been sidelined since sustaining a concussion in Week 8. The Cardinals are coming off a bye week, and it is unclear if he was nearing a potential return on that front. Regardless, he will now be sidelined at least until he can clear the league's COVID protocols. As a result, James Conner and Eno Benjamin remain the team's only healthy backs.

Nov 30, 2021 3:49 PM EST


Remains out Sunday

Ward (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward will be sidelined for a third consecutive game after he sustained a concussion in Week 8. He'll have additional time to recover during Arizona's Week 12 bye.

Nov 19, 2021 8:19 PM EST


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