The Browns will have six representatives in the Pro Bowl because strong safety T.J. Ward was added to the all-star game Monday night as an injury replacement for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu.
This year, the Browns, who finished 4-12, will have the most Pro Bowlers they’ve had since they sent six players to the all-star game following the 2007 season.
The Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. Sunday in Honolulu.
Last month, Ward was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate. Five of his teammates were voted in: Wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Jordan Cameron, center Alex Mack and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas.
Ward and Mack are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents March 11.
Ward, who was named second-team All Pro a few weeks ago, is coming off his best season since he was drafted in the second round in 2010. He played all 16 games and compiled a career-high 112 tackles, including 1½ sacks, to go along with six passes defensed and two interceptions. He returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown and a fumble 51 yards for a score.
In ProFootballFocus.com’s ratings, Ward finished the 2013 season tied with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry for the NFL’s third-best safety. The New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty and the New York Giants’ Will Hill were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
Ward was rated as the No. 1 safety against the run and tied for 12th in coverage.
By Nate Ulrich - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)
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