CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward is Hawaii bound after all.
Ward, who was named an alternate when the roster was announced on Dec. 27, was named to the Pro Bowl Monday night as an injury replacement for Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
Ward becomes the sixth member of the Browns to participate in the Pro Bowl – the most for the franchise since sending 7 to Hawaii for the 2007 season.
Ward joins tight end Jordan Cameron, receiver Josh Gordon, and cornerback Joe Haden in making his first Pro Bowl appearance for the Browns.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was selected for the seventh time and center Alex Mack was selected for the second time.
Ward started all 16 games and registered a career-high 129 tackles and tied a career-high with two interceptions this past season for the Browns.
The 2010 second-round selection added 9 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and 2 defensive scores. He scored on a 44-yard interception return vs. Buffalo on Oct. 3, and added a 51-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown vs. Chicago on Dec. 15.
Like Mack, he is slated to become a free agent in March.
The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu and the first ever Pro Bowl draft will take place Wednesday night.
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