Jonathan Ward

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

Jonathan Ward News

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


Ruled out for Week 10

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

Analysis: Ward was recorded as a non-participant during every practice leading up to Week 10, so it's no surprise to see him ruled out for Sunday's contest. With Ward and Chase Edmonds both sidelined, Eno Benjamin will likely operate as the primary backup to James Conner.

Nov 12, 2021 12:44 PM EST


Does side work Thursday

Ward (concussion) participated in work off to the side during Thursday's practice session, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, so it's encouraging to see him partake in some light activities as he deals with a concussion. However, Eno Benjamin should see increased work Sunday against the Panthers if Ward is unable to suit up.

Nov 11, 2021 11:17 AM EST


DNP on Wednesday

Ward (concussion) was a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward took a knee to the helmet while making a tackle on kick coverage in the Cardinals' Week 8 loss to the Packers. He remained still on the turf and required a backboard and cart to get to the locker room, where he was diagnosed with a concussion. The backfield is expected to be without Chase Edmonds for multiple weeks due to a high-ankle sprain, so Ward could get into the mix if he can make his way through the protocol for head injuries. However, Ward has made no noticeable progress, leaving James Conner and Eno Benjamin as the team's healthy running backs on the active roster.

Nov 10, 2021 2:24 PM EST


Out for Sunday

Ward (concussion) will not play Sunday against the 49ers, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ward sustained the concussion in the Cardinals' loss to Green Bay in Week 8, and he hasn't been able to practice all week. Ward primarily contributes on special teams and will try to clear protocols in time for the Cardinals' Week 10 matchup with Carolina.

Nov 5, 2021 3:26 PM EST


Doesn't practice Thursday

Ward (concussion) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward sustained a concussion in last week's loss to Green Bay and has been held out of practice for two consecutive days. He'll likely need to return to the field in some capacity Friday if he hopes to play in Week 9.

Nov 4, 2021 9:42 AM EST


Absent from practice Wednesday

Ward (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Ward will need to fully clear the league's concussion protocol before returning to game-action, making his status for Sunday's game against the 49ers still uncertain. Through the first eight weeks of the season, Ward primarily contributed on special teams.

Nov 3, 2021 9:34 AM EST


Being evaluated for concussion

Ward exited Thursday's game against the Packers and is being evaluated for a concussion, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ward endured a scary collision while making a tackle on a kickoff late in the third quarter. He was on the field for a lengthy period and was ultimately carted off the field on a backboard. He reportedly has movement in all of his extremities, but the extent of his injuries are otherwise unknown.

Oct 28, 2021 7:45 PM EST


Returns from injury

Ward (ankle) carried the ball three times of 17 yards and also caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Friday's 17-10 preseason loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Ward injured his ankle after a healthy workload in the opening preseason matchup against the Cowboys, but the rotational back was able to make a return Friday. The 23-year-old is in a tight competition with 2020 seventh-round pick, Eno Benjamin for the No. 3 job behind committee-combo Chase Edmonds and James Conner.

Aug 21, 2021 10:21 AM EST


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