Ward remains in a cast after hurting his right foot in the fourth quarter last week against Houston. Ward said after the loss to the Texans that he "felt a pop" in his foot. Ward has not been seen at the Browns' training facility all week, and the team has not disclosed any specifics of his injury or the results of an MRI exam taken Monday.
This will be the first start the hard-hitting Ward has missed in 25 games as a pro. A second-round pick in 2010, he has 38 tackles, two for losses, this season.
"Injuries never come at good times," defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said. "But it's not a great time for us or for him."
Meanwhile, the Plain Dealer reported that sidelined running back Peyton Hillis' injured hamstring was "an angry black-and-blue" and "still looks pretty bad" on Friday. Hillis, who will miss his fourth straight game, was on track to play last Sunday before reinjuring his hamstring during practice last Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.