Yesterday, general manager Mark Dominik said that he is looking forward to seeing running back Derrick Ward play this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, even though Ward suffered a mild concussion in the previous game.Today, head coach Raheem Morris confirmed that Ward would be on the field come Saturday night, barring any setbacks.
"As of right now, I have Derrick Ward ready to go," said Morris. "He is day-to-day, but as of right now he is ready to go, unless something changes I will let you all know that. Everything right now is good."
Ward was knocked out of the game in the third quarter against Kansas City and finished with five carries for just 11 yards. This came after a poor performance in Miami in which Ward rushed 12 times for 20 yards and two fumbles. Ward guaranteed he would have a great game against the Chiefs, but did not deliver.
However, Morris said it is tough to evaluate Ward based on his limited carries, but that he needs to improve his play in order to hold onto the No. 2 running back spot.
"It's kind of hard to judge him," said Morris. "He got a couple of carries and kind of got banged out of there. He's got to keep fighting. He has to go out there and continue to play. We will have to make those decisions later, but we will let those two go out there and battle again with Kareem Huggins. He has really gone out there and been putting his best foot forward, and that's all you can ask for with young players, and Derrick has to step up. We are going to see where it ends up and how he finishes out the preseason."