Safety T.J. Ward, who started every game for the Cleveland Browns this season, landed on injured reserve Tuesday.
The team officially listed Ward as having a knee injury, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Ward has a bone bruise in one of his knees. According to the newspaper, Ward won't need surgery.
In 14 games this year, Ward was credited with 68 tackles (second on the team), one sack and three forced fumbles. He made his only interception in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins, and he took the return 37 yards.
Ward started eight games last year and all 16 as a rookie second-round draft pick in 2010 out of Oregon.
The Browns also placed rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson on IR with a knee injury. Johnson, a fourth-round pick out of Nevada, played in 10 games this season, starting eight. He made 36 tackles.
Cleveland signed defensive back Prince Miller and linebacker Adrian Moten, and it promoted defensive end Hall Davis from its practice squad.
The third roster vacancy was created when Dmitri Patterson was released Monday. The Miami Dolphins were awarded cornerback Dimitri Patterson off waivers Tuesday.