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Browns safety discusses hit that injured Gronkowski

FOXBOROUGH -- Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward, whose crushing hit on the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski that took the tight end out of the game, said he made a conscious decision on where to target him because he was concerned about the possibility of being fined.

“I think they ran a seam route and I closed on the pass,” Ward said. “It was a decision I made, and just to make a tackle on a big man. Unfortunately, he got hurt, but if I would have hit him up high, there’s a chance that I would get fined and all that other stuff, so I’m just being safe.”

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