Denver Broncos Safety T.J. Ward Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

For his phenomenal game vs. the Vikings, Broncos Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

T.J. Ward is playing phenomenal football right now. Although he missed the opening game vs. the Baltimore Ravens because of a one-game suspension, he has been a force over the last three games. 

Last week vs. the Minnesota Vikings, Ward tallied six solo tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. 

This honor represents the first Conference recognition of Ward's career. It's the Broncos second Conference player of the week award on the season. Aqib Talib nabbed it in Week 1. 

Ward's signature play vs. the Vikings came late in fourth quarter, with the Broncos protecting a 3-point lead. Ward blitzed off the edge, strip-sacking quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Von Miller would recover the fumble, giving the Broncos the ball with half a minute left in the game. 

Ward joined safety John Lynch (at S.D., 12/31/05) as the only defensive backs in Broncos history to record two sacks and a forced fumble in the same game. He also became just the third safety in the last five years to accomplish the feat. 

The arrival of Darian Stewart at free safety has allowed Ward to play more freely. Together, Ward and Stewart have formed the most feared safety duo in the AFC. 

His award marks the 29th time a Broncos player has taken home AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors since it was initiated by the NFL in 1984.

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