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Old 08-04-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Tomlin still holding Ward out of Steelers’ work

By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer 12 minutes ago

LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—Hines Ward(notes) didn’t appear at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ afternoon practice until he started running sprints with Willie Parker(notes) midway through the 2-hour workout.

Four days into camp, Ward has practiced once. He said Tuesday he’s not injured, although he had offseason shoulder surgery.

Ward said, he’s taking CTO—coach’s time off.

Coach Mike Tomlin is giving several experienced Steelers considerable rest early in camp following the team’s Super Bowl run, including safety Troy Polamalu(notes) and Ward. Polamalu reported to camp with a sore hamstring.

“I can’t knock what coach Tomlin is doing,” Ward said. “He’s a proven coach, he’s won the Super Bowl. Yeah, it looks a little strange, me not out there and people wondering, but it’s his team.”
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