Unable to finish out Sunday's loss to Washington due to a knee injury, Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward is likely to sit out the team's final two games of 2012, according to a report by Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.
The 26-year-old Ward has started all 14 games this season for the Browns at the back end of their secondary, and ranks fourth on the team with 68 tackles. He also leads all Cleveland players with three forced fumbles, and already has 38 NFL starts under his belt over just three seasons in the league.
Though Ward's injury is listed as a bone bruise in his knee, the organization has little incentive to rush him back on the field now that the chances for a playoff bid are long over. Ward is expected to be placed on the Cleveland's injured reserve list in the coming days, which would then allow the team to add another defensive back. With Ward on the shelf, 23-year-old safety Eric Hagg is likely to see a larger workload in the secondary.