Denzel Ward: I was pretty sick with COVID-19

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Denzel Ward is one of Cleveland’s two best defensive players, and he’ll be back this week for the team’s divisional-round matchup with the Chiefs.

But Ward’s been out since Dec. 31 when he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He said Wednesday that he experienced some significant symptoms after testing positive for the virus.

I was pretty sick,” Ward said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “Just flu-like symptoms, all of the body aches and chills and stuff like that. I was pretty laid out in my house.”

Ward noted he was surprised that he tested positive because he often wears a mask.

“It was a little rough. I lost my sense of smell and my sense of taste, so that was really different,” Ward said. “All of the food just tasted the same. I was really just picking food for the texture of it because I couldn’t really taste it. It wasn’t great. I’m glad I got over it and hoping everybody still continues to stay safe and wears a mask and tries to beat it.”

In his third season out of Ohio State, Ward had two interceptions, 18 passes defensed, and one forced fumble in 12 games this season.

Denzel Ward: I was pretty sick with COVID-19 originally appeared on Pro Football Talk