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T.J. Ward injury: Browns has surgery on thumb, struggles playing with cast

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward played in a Week 5 loss to the Giants just days after having surgery on his thumb.

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T.J. Ward struggles with cast

The Cleveland Browns didn't have much go right against the New York Giants in Week 5. Their offense wasn't able to keep up, but the big mistakes came on defense, where injuries and general poor form caused missed tackle after missed tackle. One such player suffering from an injury was safety T.J. Ward, who played the game with a cast on his right hand during the game.

He found it very hard to make tackles in general on the day, according to Ohio.com:

"I couldn't grab anything," Ward said. "It was uncomfortable. I should have made the tackles that I missed. One time I didn't even try. It was so late in the game I just went for the strip."

Players will often elect to play with a cast on their hand, and generally, they're pretty effective. Some prefer to utilize the cast as something of a club to jar the football loose, but Ward definitely struggled on the day. Fellow safety Usama Young was also one culprit when it came to missed tackles. Everything went south when starting middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was sidelined with a concussion in the second quarter.

Ward will still likely have the cast on for some time, but seeing as how it was just difficult and not overly painful, it's likely he'll remain on the field if he's wearing it come gameday next time out.

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T.J. Ward back at practice for Browns

Cleveland Brown safety T.J. Ward was back at practice on Thursday wearing a cast on his thumb, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich. Ward underwent surgery on his right thumb this past weekend after injuring it against the Baltimore Ravens, and could be back in time for the Browns' game against the Giants on Sunday. The Browns' coaching staff is hopeful Ward can bolster their vulnerable secondary against a good Giants offense:

"Hopefully T.J. will be OK," defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said today. "He’s playing really well. I think he understands our scheme better. He really wants to do it right. He’s working at it hard. He’s done a nice job."

If Ward can't play on Sunday, Ray Ventrone will get another start in his place. Ventrone, oddly enough, suffered the same injury as Ward during Week 1. He missed a game, but has played ever since with a similar cast on his hand.

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Browns dealing with multiple injuries at safety

The Cleveland Browns are dealing with multiple injuries at the safety position heading into Sunday's game with the New York Giants.

Starting strong safety T.J. Ward is day-to-day after undergoing surgery on his right thumb, but he isn't the only safety dealing with an injury. Starting free safety Usama Young injured his knee in the Browns' Week 4 loss to the Baltimore Ravens but was able to practice on Monday. In addition, Tashaun Gipson, who had been splitting time with Young, injured his knee against the Ravens and was unable to practice on Monday.

With the various injuries, the Browns may turn back to Eric Hagg, who started the first two games of the season at free safety but was inactive for Cleveland's last two games. Backup safety Ray Ventrone underwent surgery on a broken hand earlier this season but played the last two games with his hand in a cast and may also be called upon to contribute.

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Browns SS T.J. Ward left Ravens game wearing cast

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward was spotted wearing a cast after the team's 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.

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