Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward has back spasms, but no structural damage, after getting twisted up in a tackle on Eagles tight end Zach Ertz in a preseason contest last Thursday.
In a¬†press conference¬†on Sunday,¬†Cleveland’s defensive coordinator Gregg Williams attributed these spasms to the “stupid” way Ward tackles.
“I was glad to hear [it wasn’t serious] and maybe he’ll finally listen to me and stop doing those stupid things the way he’s trying to tackle and tackle the way I tell him to tackle and he won’t get hurt,” Williams said. “I think this was a good enough shock that maybe he thinks that I might know what I’m talking about.”
Ward, listed at 5’11” and 190 pounds, was hurt trying to stop 250-pound Ertz after a seven-yard catch in the first quarter of the game. He did not play the rest of the game after being taken off the field following the tackle.¬†
Williams said Ward should be fine for the rest of the season if he takes Williams’s tackling tips and remains healthy.¬†
The No. 4 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the rookie out of Ohio State has already missed time with a hip flexor injury in rookie minicamp earlier this summer and ankle issues in training camp.¬†
Cleveland faces Detroit on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. before kicking off its regular season on Sept. 9.¬†