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Old 09-23-2007, 09:35 PM   #11
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Wilson could play, I agree, but I think he would have to step up big time. Although I wouldn't rule Ward out just yet...

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Old 09-23-2007, 09:56 PM   #12
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IMO Willie Reid gets perhaps his last shot as a Steeler next week
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Only a bruise? Hines is amazing
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Old 09-23-2007, 11:37 PM   #13
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It looked like something was wrong with Hines early in the game. Even the Fox commentators mentioned it as well. He didn't look like himself, and that was before getiing laid out by Roman.

I hope he is ready for next week.
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:26 AM   #14
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Sounds like the hit was taken on his knee.

Steelers Notebook: Ward has MRI after taking a hit
Monday, September 24, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wide receiver Hines Ward was scheduled to have an MRI on his knee last night after taking a blow from a helmet in the second half of a 37-16 victory against the San Francisco 49ers yesterday at Heinz Field.

Ward was hit hard twice on two incomplete passes near the goal line early in the third quarter. He left the game, returned briefly, then left for good.

He dressed and had been escorted out of the Steelers' locker room before the game ended.

"Right now, it appears to be a bone bruise," coach Mike Tomlin said. "I'll leave it at that. Of course, there will be further tests and we'll have more information on that area later on."

Ward caught one pass for 2 yards to extend his team record of catching a pass in his 136th consecutive game.

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Old 09-24-2007, 12:36 AM   #15
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We can only hope for the best. Hines represents everything that is Steeler football. He sacrifices his body without hesitation on every play. I really think that he is the most valuable all-around receiver in the game. If it's only a bruise, then I know we'll have nothing to worry about. Hines would probably play with a broken leg if they would let him. A bruise will probably just make him mad.
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:41 AM   #16
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more on Hines - If it was "nothing" i can't imagine why they are so closed lip about it.

Steelers mum on Ward's injury after win over 49ers

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Updated: September 23, 2007, 7:33 PM ET

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 with reporters.

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 three games.

"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."

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Old 09-24-2007, 01:38 AM   #17
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Ben threw those 2 passes to Hines high and after looking right at him right from the snap. We're lucky he wasn't seriously injured. It takes a lot to knock that guy out of the game.

Ben had a day that reminded me of his early return last season, honestly. He telegraphed a lot more than just those 2 passes, but obviously the team came away with a win. We have the defense, special teams, and a great run by Najeh accounting for most of the points, but it sure was nice to see our third TE of the season getting the 4th TD to them so far, but I digress.

Hope Hines is OK. After the first hit, I was upset at Ben for throwing the ball high over the middle, even asked out loud, "Ben, you trying to kill Hines?" Then on the very next play he did it again!! I was a little upset at Arians AND Ben after that. I didn't pay close attention, but was it the exact same play? It looked like it, and Hines got crushed.

You can't do that to your #1 receiver, a leader of your team. I hope there isn't anything going on we aren't hearing about between Hines and Ben or the coaches, but I've heard of stranger things happening.
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Ben threw those 2 passes to Hines high and after looking right at him right from the snap. We're lucky he wasn't seriously injured. It takes a lot to knock that guy out of the game.

Ben had a day that reminded me of his early return last season, honestly. He telegraphed a lot more than just those 2 passes, but obviously the team came away with a win. We have the defense, special teams, and a great run by Najeh accounting for most of the points, but it sure was nice to see our third TE of the season getting the 4th TD to them so far, but I digress.

Hope Hines is OK. After the first hit, I was upset at Ben for throwing the ball high over the middle, even asked out loud, "Ben, you trying to kill Hines?" Then on the very next play he did it again!! I was a little upset at Arians AND Ben after that. I didn't pay close attention, but was it the exact same play? It looked like it, and Hines got crushed.

You can't do that to your #1 receiver, a leader of your team. I hope there isn't anything going on we aren't hearing about between Hines and Ben or the coaches, but I've heard of stranger things happening.
I think that maybe the first one was an accident... ball just thrown too far.

The second one however is probably different. Ben was probably timing Ward's route. Problem is, Ward wasn't running the same speed with the injury. As a result, Ben's pass went about 3 yards long... just enough to expose Ward to a second big hit.
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Ward is tough he should be fine for next week at the cardinals.
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Ward has MRI after taking a hit
Monday, September 24, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wide receiver Hines Ward was scheduled to have an MRI on his knee last night after taking a blow from a helmet in the second half of a 37-16 victory against the San Francisco 49ers yesterday at Heinz Field.

Ward was hit hard twice on two incomplete passes near the goal line early in the third quarter. He left the game, returned briefly, then left for good.

He dressed and had been escorted out of the Steelers' locker room before the game ended.

"Right now, it appears to be a bone bruise," coach Mike Tomlin said. "I'll leave it at that. Of course, there will be further tests and we'll have more information on that area later on."

Ward caught one pass for 2 yards to extend his team record of catching a pass in his 136th consecutive game.

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Allowing that Allen Rossum had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and cornerback Bryant McFadden a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown, the best comeback of the day still went to Dan Rooney.

The Steelers chairman had surgery on his back to ease a compressed spine Friday. He remained in the hospital overnight but walked onto the field before the game and spent time in the locker room shaking hands with his players afterward.

Going 3-0 helps ease the pain. "It feels pretty good," Rooney, 75, said.

Good hands and feet


The 49ers lined up for an onside kick after they scored their only touchdown, with 2:22 to play, that cut the Steelers' lead to 30-16. They looked up and saw Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda lined up in the front row.

San Francisco punter Andy Lee told Sepulveda they decided right away where Joe Nedney would kick it.

"As soon as they saw me over there, that's the way [they] were going," Sepulveda said.

But Sepulveda is not your ordinary punter. He's a former linebacker who became a punter and, as punters go, he has good hands. It's why he holds for Jeff Reed's kicks, and he easily snatched up Nedney's onside try to end the 49ers' last gasp.

"He didn't hit it [well]," Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda is a backup on the "hands" team that enters the field when the Steelers expect an onside kick. He moved up because Ward was hurt.

"He's an athlete," Reed said. "He's 230 pounds and he enjoys hitting."

Perfect start


Steelers kicker Jeff Reed keeps piling on the points. He led the AFC after two games and was tied for the NFL lead with 24 points. He added 13 more yesterday with three field goals and four point-after kicks.

He also is 9 for 9 on field-goal tries and kicked his first of more than 40 yards this season when he converted a 49-yarder in the third quarter.

That kick soared high and deep into the stands -- and might have been good from 60 yards.

"I'm just glad I got a chance to kick one over 40 yards." Reed said, "Even 49, that's a long one. To get that one out of the way and hit it the way I did makes me more comfortable.

"I got all of it. I told [Sepulveda and long snapper Greg Warren] that may have been the best kick of my career, not because it was a game-winner but because the way I hit the ball, the rotation and the distance."

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Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden knew what he was facing. He was just waiting for the right time to strike.

McFadden scored on a 50-yard interception return of an Alex Smith pass in the fourth quarter. His touchdown, which came when the Steelers were in their nickel package of five defensive backs, made the score 30-9 with 4:01 left in the game.

"They ran [three receivers] to the boundary," McFadden said. "They had been running the same route, and I just decided to jump the route and make a play."

McFadden, who played at Florida State, didn't return any of his four interceptions as a Seminoles player for a touchdown. It was his fifth career interception in his three years with the Steelers. Before yesterday, his previous interception return for a score came at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla.

"I started running and just saw daylight," he said. "And when I got close, I didn't want the quarterback to tackle me because I'd never hear the end of it [from his teammates]."

Believe it or not


Coach Mike Nolan didn't spend much postgame time arguing a key call that went against his 49ers late in the third quarter. With the 49ers trailing, 17-6, tight end Vernon Davis appeared to make a 22-yard catch to the Steelers' 10 only to lose the ball after he hit the turf after he was upended by a hit from safety Troy Polamalu.

The play was initially ruled a fumble, but, after the 49ers challenged, the call was changed to an incompletion. Referee Gerald Austin explained: "You have to get two feet clearly down and make another football move. If in the process of making the catch [the receiver] gets hit and goes to the ground, then he has to hold on. When he hit the ground and the ball hit the ground, it popped out." The 49ers settled for a field goal.

"That call didn't cost us the game," Nolan said. "Excuses make it OK to lose. We lost today, and it wasn't OK. You get some [calls] and you lose some."

Mountain man


Nolan thought a key to the game was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's ability to avoid the 49ers' rush and make something positive happen.

"Big Ben kept plays alive," Nolan said. "That's on us. I mean, that's Pittsburgh doing a very good job and it's us not doing a very good job. We had our hands on him several times and couldn't tackle him. He's a big man, but you go into the game knowing he's a big man. You're not going to bring Ben down with one arm."

Quick hits


The Steelers recorded their 11th and 12th sacks, with rookie LaMarr Woodley and captain James Farrior each getting their second to tie fellow linebacker Clark Haggans for the team lead.

The victory was the Steelers' first against the 49ers at home in 20 years. It was their 13th win in their past 14 games against NFC teams, including the Super Bowl.

Najeh Davenport's 39-yard touchdown run was his second since joining the Steelers after the first game last season.

Roethlisberger passed Bobby Layne into fifth place on the team's career passing yardage list with 9,082 yards.

Inactives


The Steelers' inactive list was similar to their previous two games except for two changes, one brought on by injury and the other by a roster change.

Rookie tight end Matt Spaeth, out with a bruised thigh, did not suit up and, for the first time, linebacker Arnold Harrison did. Linebacker Andre Frazier, claimed off waivers from Cincinnati last week, was inactive.

The other Steelers inactives: WR Willie Reid, CB Ricardo Colclough, RB Gary Russell, C/G Darnell Stapleton, OT Trai Essex and QB Brian St. Pierre.

San Francisco's inactives: S Donald Strickland, S Dashon Goldson, G Tony Wragge, OT Kwame Harris, DE/DT Atiyyah Ellison, WR Jason Hill, DE Ray McDonald and QB Shaun Hill.
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