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Browns place T.J. Ward, James-Michael Johnson on injured reserve

T.J. Ward

Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


The Cleveland Browns lost two starters for the rest of the season on Tuesday as the team placed safety T.J. Ward and linebacker James-Michael Johnson on injured reserve.

The Browns now have 10 players on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Ward suffered a bone bruise in his knee in the third quarter of the Browns’ 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Johnson also suffered a knee injury. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, neither player is expected to require surgery.

Ward started all 14 games for the Browns this season while racking up 68 tackles, an interception, a sack and three forced fumbles. Johnson, a rookie fourth-round pick out of Nevada, started eight of the ten games he played in. Johnson compiled 36 tackles on the year.

Following the release of cornerback Dmitri Patterson on Monday, the Browns had three spots on their active roster to fill. Cleveland signed linebacker Adrian Moten, defensive back Prince Miller and promoted defensive end Hall Davis from their practice squad.

Patterson was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday.