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Jimmie Ward healthy and ready to go for camp

Jimmie Ward, Alonzo Russell AP

The 49ers placed eight players on either the PUP or NFI lists on Thursday, which leaves them ineligible to practice with the team until the Niners remove those designations.

Safety Jimmie Ward was not placed on either list, however, and that means the 2014 first-round pick’s foot has healed enough for him to take the field when the team opens camp on Thursday. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that is the plan, leaving Ward set for his first practice time with the team since he was selected in May.

Ward is listed as a safety, although he’s not expected to challenge for early playing time at a spot where the team already has Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid as starters.

Instead, Ward’s best chance at early playing time will come as the team’s nickel cornerback. With Carlos Rogers gone, the team used Perrish Cox and Darryl Morris at the position during the spring, but Ward played some corner at Northern Illinois and he is expected to compete with the other two players for snaps at the spot as camp unfolds.

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10 Responses to “Jimmie Ward healthy and ready to go for camp”
  1. thebirdofprey2 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:59 AM

    Jimmie Ward may turn into a baller in the secondary like Eric Ried but 49er fans can’t look at those names and feel confident this group is going to hold their own. Brown may be the only proven CB on the roster.

  2. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:15 AM

    should have came to Green Bay and you would easliy have started for the worst defense in the history of the NFL!!!

  3. buckjim says: Jul 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    Brown is not on the roster… he signed with the Raiders.

  4. cruelintentions662 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    Brown is not the 49ers roster. He signed with the Raiders. @thebirdofprey2

  5. omeimontis says: Jul 18, 2014 11:39 AM

    Jimmie Ward may be listed as a safety and he may be expected to play the nickel back, but there is no reason why he cannot be the starter opposite Tramain Brock. Chris Culliver is in the final year of his rookie contract. He had some trouble with a hit and run incident and possession of brass knuckles. He is coming off knee surgery and hasn’t played all last year. He has not practiced so far, and Chris Cook, an ex-Viking, has been practicing at that position. If Ward plays better than Cook, he may be given the job.

  6. robert831 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:45 AM

    I still can’t believe Chris Cook got another job. He was by far the worst starting player on the Vikings pathetic defense last year.

  7. xnihilofan says: Jul 18, 2014 12:17 PM

    thebirdofprey2 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 10:59 AM
    Jimmie Ward may turn into a baller in the secondary like Eric Ried but 49er fans can’t look at those names and feel confident this group is going to hold their own. Brown may be the only proven CB on the roster.

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    Well, I respectfully disagree. Bethea is along the mold of now-departed Whitner. Ward won’t be playing safety. He’ll be playing the slot and looks to have the speed and instincts to do very well. T-Brock has done more than enough to show he can hang. Reid was already discussed. Culliver is an idiot off the field but the kid can ball on the field. It’s not to even mention the speedster who was a UFA from Texas State last year who’s show good improvement over last year. It’ll take some time but that secondary will be just fine.

  8. kamthechancellor says: Jul 18, 2014 12:17 PM

    Lol…whiner fans WISH Brown was on the roster still. That secondary is going to get LIT UP.

  9. niners816 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:13 PM

    Here we go with the idiot Seahawks fans. Might I remind you…Seattle Seahawks fansbase, Established: 2011.

  10. thebirdofprey2 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:02 PM

    That is my bad the on player. Brock is the player I was thinking of as being the only guy with experience at CB.

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