Jonathan Ward
No. 29 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-09-30) September 30, 1997 (age 23)
Kankakee, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop McNamara
(Kankakee, Illinois)
College:Central Michigan
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:11
Total touchdowns:1
Player stats at · PFR

Jonathan Ward (born September 30, 1997) is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Central Michigan.

College career

Ward was a member of the Central Michigan Chippewas for four seasons. He finished his collegiate career with 2,539 yards and 28 touchdowns on 473 carries and 98 receptions for 909 yards and four touchdowns.[1]

Professional career

Ward was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 25, 2020.[2] He was waived on September 5, 2020, during final roster cuts and was re-signed to the team's practice squad the next day.[3][4] Ward was elevated to the Cardinals' active roster on September 26, 2020, and made his NFL debut the following day against the Detroit Lions.[5] He reverted to the practice squad after the game. He was elevated again on October 3 for the week 4 game against the Carolina Panthers, and reverted to the practice squad again following the game.[6] He was promoted to the active roster on October 6, 2020.[7]

In Week 17 of the 2020 season against the Los Angeles Rams, Ward recorded his first career reception for an eleven yard touchdown during the 18–7 loss.[8]


  1. ^ Cox, Seth (May 3, 2020). "Arizona Cardinals sign Central Michigan running back Jonathan Ward as undrafted free agent". SB Nation.
  2. ^ "Former McNamara star Ward signs with Arizona Cardinals". Daily Journal. April 25, 2020.
  3. ^ Weiner, Alex (September 5, 2020). "Cardinals Cut 16 Players Saturday, Shrink Roster to 53".
  4. ^ "Former McNamara star Ward signs with Arizona Cardinals practice squad". Daily Journal. September 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Boan, Christopher (September 26, 2020). "Cardinals place running back Jonathan Ward on active roster".
  6. ^ Urban, Darren (October 3, 2020). "Cardinals Elevate Jace Whittaker, Jonathan Ward To Roster". Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Urban, Darren (October 6, 2020). "Cardinals Promote Jonathan Ward, Release Curtis Riley". Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams - January 3rd, 2021". Retrieved January 7, 2021.