Report: X-rays Negative On T.J. Ward's Neck

A report today says that X-rays on T.J. Ward's neck came back negative.

T.J. Ward left Monday night's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals with a neck injury. The injury came following a tackle he made, as players piled on the scrum, twisting his neck dangerously.

He left the game, never to return. Last night, he led the Denver Broncos with 9 combined tackles and has been the team's emotional leader with Danny Trevathan out most of the season.

However, the Denver Post is reporting that X-rays administered to Ward at Paul Brown Stadium last night, came back negative. It's a good sign, but he's not out of the woods yet.

Hopefully it's just a severe stinger, rendering him day-to-day. Broncos fans shudder to think what this defense would look like without Ward and Brandon Marshall, especially heading into the playoffs.

On the season, Ward has accumulated 74 combined tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 sacks. This has earned him a +1.9 cumulative grade via ProFootballFocus. Ward's value to the team has increased of late, with the rash of injuries to the Broncos linebacking corps, who have seen two players land on season-ending injured reserve (Trevathan and Nate Irving).

We will update you when we know more.

Update

John Fox updated the situation. Ward has a neck strain and is day to day.

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @CJ_Broncos and on Google+.

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