The mystery apparently is solved: Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward underwent minor surgery on his left foot, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Ward recently posted a photo on Snapchat of him on a scooter with his lower left leg in a cast.
Per Rapoport, Ward should return to practice by mid-August on a “cautious timetable.”
Ward had surgery on the same foot in 2015 while still at Illinois. That surgery was to repair a stress reaction.
Ward, a second-round pick in 2016, played in all 16 games last season with 13 starts. He made 30 tackles and recovered a fumble.