*Above video is a recent story about excitement building for Browns season opener Sunday*

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns cornerback Denzel Ward cleared concussion protocol and will start Sunday’s season opener against Cincinnati, giving Cleveland’s secondary its best player as it tries to stop Joe Burrow and his trio of receivers.

Ward had been sidelined with his fourth reported concussion in the NFL. The two-time Pro Bowl selection got hurt in an Aug. 26 exhibition in Cincinnati. He was limited to some individual drills earlier this week before practicing Friday.

While the Browns will have Ward, they could be without starting safety Juan Thornhill, who is questionable with a calf injury.

Ward’s return is important as the Browns get ready to face Burrow, who agreed to a five-year, $275 contract extension with the Bengals on Thursday. Although he’s only 1-4 in his career against Cleveland, Burrow has played well and has receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd at his disposal

Ward played college football at Ohio State and is a Northeast Ohio native.

FILE – Cleveland Browns’ Denzel Ward (21) plays during an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Landover, Md. Browns top cornerback Denzel Ward cleared concussion protocol and will start in Sunday’s season opener against Cincinnati, giving Cleveland’s secondary its best player as it tries to stop Joe Burrow and his trio of receivers.(AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)

Ward played college football at Ohio State and is a Northeast Ohio native.