With a roster spot to fill following safety Tony Jefferson’s season-ending knee injury, the Ravens have signed former Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Jihad Ward to their 53-man roster.
Ward played three games with the Colts this season before he was waived last week. He was a second-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 draft (44th overall) and played all 16 games as a rookie including 13 starts, finishing with 30 tackles. However, Ward played just five games in 2017 following toe surgery and in 2018 he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Ward was one of Dallas’ final roster cuts in 2018, then he was signed to the Colts practice squad before finishing last season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Ward is only 25 years old and has 36 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in 27 career NFL games. Ward will join a defensive line rotation that includes Pro Bowl tackle Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, rookie Daylon Mack, Zach Sieler and Patrick Ricard who plays both tackle and fullback.