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T.J. Ward injury: Browns safety struggles playing with cast against Giants

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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