December 22, 2014

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T.J. Ward makes sixth Browns player on Pro Bowl roster

Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 3. (AP File Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Browns safety T.J. Ward has been added to the Pro Bowl roster, giving Cleveland six players at this year’s game.

Ward was selected as an alternate and will replace Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who is unable to participate because of an injury.

Ward had a solid fourth pro season and is eligible for free agency in March. He started all 16 games and finished with a career-high 129 tackles. He recorded 15 tackles for loss and had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in a win over Buffalo. He also returned a fumble for a TD against Chicago.

Ward has said he would like to re-sign with the Browns, who are still searching for a coach after firing Rob Chudzinski.

Ward joins tight end Jordan Cameron, wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Joe Haden, center Alex Mack and tackle Joe Thomas in Honolulu for Sunday’s game.