CLEVELAND (AP) — the Cleveland Browns don’t have the best corner of Denzel Ward for their game against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night while he continues to be slowed by a calf injury.
The team still does not know if the departure of Austin Hooper will be ready. He missed his second consecutive practice on Saturday with a neck injury and is listed as questionable.
Earlier this week, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski expressed hope that Ward might be able to return. But the 2018 first-round pick, who is experiencing a pro Bowl season, will miss their third consecutive game.
“He works hard,” Stefanski said. “It’s moving around. It progresses where you expect. I am full of hope. That didn’t happen this week, but I’m really confident for next week.”
Catcher KhaDarel Hodge was ruled out for the second consecutive game with a hamstring injury.
Hooper did not appear on the injury report before Thursday.
“I’m not sure when it happened,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said of Hooper’s injury. “It kind of came about, if you will.”
Stefanski said Hooper’s injury wasn’t as bad as the “lucky punch” that landed receiver Taywan Taylor on injured Reserve earlier in the week.
Hooper signed a four-year contract and as a Free agent with the Browns (9-3) in March after four seasons in Atlanta. He missed two games earlier this season after an emergency appendectomy. Hooper has caught 30 for 286 Yards and two Touchdowns.
Stefanski still expects starting right guard Wyatt Teller to be activated from the covid-19 roster in time to face the Ravens (7-5). Teller was added to the roster earlier this week after having close contact with a person outside the Browns who tested positive.