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Old 12-07-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Ward out for week 14?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4722075

PITTSBURGH -- Not only are the Steelers frustrated with their season-high four-game losing streak, but the defending champs are also ailing.

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Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that team captain and veteran receiver Hines Ward is "very questionable" with a hamstring injury for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Ward was injured late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

"We'll see where it goes, but it's not favorable for him," Tomlin said.

Starting cornerback William Gay also suffered a concussion and will go through a battery of tests. Considering the short week, it's likely Gay won't see the field on Thursday. Rookie cornerback Joe Burnett would start in Gay's place, according to Tomlin, along with fellow rookie Keenan Lewis seeing some playing time.

Tomlin added that, for the first time this season, the coaching staff is looking to make significant changes in the starting lineup in all three phases in an effort to end the losing streak. Pittsburgh (6-6) has to run the table in the final four games to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Tomlin isn't worried about how veterans on his team will respond if changes are made.

"They're pros," Tomlin said. "I think they understand it, and I think to a degree they'll agree with me. That's the nature of this thing. We can't stay status quo in terms of how we approach this thing and expect guys' behavior or the outcome to change. That's unrealistic.

"That's hoping and this is not a hope business. I'm not a hope-mentality person."

In other injury news, Steelers Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (knee) also is not expected to play Thursday. Starting running back Rashard Mendenhall (ankle) will be limited in practice this week but is expected to play.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.
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Default Re: Ward out for week 14?

Good god...we better beat the fcking browns. I don't care if we are 2-14 (well yeah I do but....) we better beat the god awful Browns...
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I wonder if the locker room is split as to whether Ward should play or not.

Sorry...kidding, someone had to say it though.

In theory they SHOULD play just fine against the Browns w/o Ward...in the reality of this season though, who knows.
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Good god...we better beat the fcking browns. I don't care if we are 2-14 (well yeah I do but....) we better beat the god awful Browns...
If the Steelers lose to Cleveland Thursday, this site is going make Chernobyl look like a backyard BBQ!

Seriously........Cleveland? I'd crap a brick if that happens.
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Well Gay is out... he has been performing as a pretty substantial weak link on the defense any way. If we can pull thurs. game off and get Troy back at Green Bay and begin firing on all cylinders, that's are only chance to survive for that last spot in the playoffs.
But after the last for game losses, I'm already prepared for the worse...
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More play time for Sweed and Mike Wallace. Hope it goes well for Sweed.
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Tomlin added that, for the first time this season, the coaching staff is looking to make significant changes in the starting lineup in all three phases in an effort to end the losing streak.

No Farrior on third down, Woodley sharing time outside . . . . I hope so!
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I wonder if the locker room is split as to whether Ward should play or not.

Sorry...kidding, someone had to say it though.

In theory they SHOULD play just fine against the Browns w/o Ward...in the reality of this season though, who knows.
As long as our opponents can throw against this team... anything can happen in the remaining games.... Just approach the remaining games realistically by not getting our hopes up....
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Tomlin added that, for the first time this season, the coaching staff is looking to make significant changes in the starting lineup in all three phases in an effort to end the losing streak.

No Farrior on third down, Woodley sharing time outside . . . . I hope so!
ok i will bite who is gonna share time with Woodley??? Also why would we take out our linebacker who gets everyone lined up? and who has the radio in his helmet??
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Default Re: Ward out for week 14?

Let's not overlook the fact that Brady Quinn threw for 3 touchdowns yesterday against a San Diego Chargers team that's playing a lot better football than we are.

Nothing is certain anymore, folks. If we can lose to the Chiefs and the Raiders, we can lose to the Browns. I'm not saying that we WILL, I'm just saying that I don't think I can muster another "We'll blow them out 42-10" any longer. I wouldn't be surprised if, again, this comes down to the 4th quarter. I just hope that if it does, we finally come out on top.
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