Sunday, September 23, 2007
Steelers mum on Ward's injury after win over 49ers
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward
bruised a leg bone while absorbing a hard hit from San Francisco
safety Mark Roman in the third quarter Sunday and left the game.
The Steelers did not announce Ward's injury until the game
ended, but Ward was not seen on the field during the fourth
quarter. He was spotted leaving the Steelers' locker room, in
street clothes, with about two minutes remaining and did not talk
After the game, doctors were seen showing X-rays of Ward's leg
to team officials, but no further information about the injury was
disclosed. Normally, coach Mike Tomlin does not offer injury
updates following his postgame news conference until his weekly
Tuesday news conference.
"There will be further tests and we'll have more information on
that area later on," said Tomlin, who did not disclose if Ward
hurt his left or right leg.
Ward was hurt while being the intended receiver on two
consecutive plays on a drive that ended with a Jeff Reed 36-yard
field goal, putting them up 17-6 in a game they won 37-16.
On a third-and-10 play from the 49ers 18, Ward couldn't make the
catch of Ben Roethlisberger's short pass that sailed wide. Ward was
immediately leveled by Roman, but got up quickly and there was no
apparent sign of an injury.
Ward ended the game with one catch for 2 yards and a 7-yard run,
giving him 136 consecutive games with at least one catch. A
four-time Pro Bowl receiver, Ward has nine catches in three games
this season and 657 in his career, the most in Steelers history.
Roethlisberger wasn't certain of Ward's status, but said the
Steelers have enough receiver depth with Santonio Holmes, Cedrick Wilson, Nate Washington and Willie Reid if Ward is out. The
Steelers also are using their tight ends much more than in the
past. Heath Miller had a team-high four catches for 82 yards and
Jerame Tuman had the third touchdown catch by a backup tight end in
"We've got enough guys that we can keep going with the
offense," Roethlisberger said. "Obviously, we'd like to have
Hines out there and we miss him out there, but we've got enough
guys that we can go if we need to."