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Browns place T.J. Ward on injured reserve


BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Browns have placed safety T.J. Ward on injured reserve with a sprained right foot.

Ward started eight games before getting hurt on Nov. 6 against Houston. The team had been hopeful he would be able to return, but Ward's foot never got well enough for him to be activated. The hard-hitting Ward, a second-round draft picks last season, made 38 tackles and forced one fumble. Browns coach Pat Shurmur was pleased with Ward's development and said he ``was playing at a high level'' prior to his injury.

Shurmur said Ward will not need surgery ``at this point.''

The team also signed wide receiver Rod Windsor from the practice squad. With Jordan Norwood out with a concussion, the team needed another wide receiver for Saturday's game in Baltimore.

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