This shouldn’t come as much of surprise, as Ward suffered a broken forearm this past weekend and was expected to miss an extended period of time.
Ward, 26, was taken with the No. 30 overall pick back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $7.112 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
The 49ers picked up Ward‘s fifth-year option this past May, which will cost them $8,526,000 million for the 2018 season. Although, this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension before free agency opens next year.
In 2017, Ward appeared in seven games and recorded 32 tackles, no interceptions, a fumble recovery and a pass defense.