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Browns strong safety T.J. Ward says he'll play Sunday after recent thumb surgery

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 5, 2012

Starting strong safety T.J. Ward said he will play Sunday when the Browns (0-4) visit the New York Giants (2-2).

Ward broke his right thumb last week in the first quarter of the Browns’ 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and had nine screws inserted in his hand over the weekend to repair it. Dr. Thomas Graham performed the surgery.

Ward has practiced the past two days while wearing a cast. He’ll continue to wear it when he faces the Giants.

“I hate missing games, and I can play with it,” Ward said. “I think having the surgery early helped me out. I don’t think anything else can happen to it, so I’ll be able to play.”

Ward leads the Browns with 27 tackles this season to go along with a sack and a forced fumble.

“I think he’s played very well, and we’re anticipating that he’ll continue,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “We feel good about how physical he is. We feel good about what he does within the structure of our defense.”

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