Jimmie Ward Injury: Updates on 49ers CB's Quad and Return

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist

January 3, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers strong safety Jimmie Ward (25) runs the football during the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Rams 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward has not played since he suffered a strained quadriceps during a special teams play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. 

His official status for Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has yet to be announced. 

Continue for updates.

Latest on Ward's Practice Status

Friday, Oct. 21

The team announced Ward was a full participant in practice for the third straight day on Friday.

Latest on Ward's Playing Status

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Ward believes he'll play on Sunday against the Bucs, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, adding he's been working at nickel and cornerback this week. 

Kelly Comments on Ward's Injury

Sunday, Sept. 25

Head coach Chip Kelly provided his update after the game, per the team's Twitter account:

49ers Need Ward Healthy for Playoff Push

The 25-year-old defensive back was initially selected as a safety in the first round of the 2014 draft. After struggling to see the field during his rookie season, he made a much bigger impact in his second year. The versatile player finished the year starting eight games, totaling 54 tackles to go with one interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Ward took on an even bigger role in 2016, as he completed his transition to cornerback and became a starter opposite Tramaine Brock.

Despite standing at just 5'11", 193 pounds, Ward has developed a reputation of being a hard hitter and a big help against the run. This helped him tally 12 tackles in his first two games to go with two pass deflections.

With Marcus Cromartie already injured, the 49ers could have problems with depth at cornerback. Chris Davis, Dontae Johnson and Rashard Robinson will likely see increased playing time as long as Ward is on the sidelines.