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Ward Passes concussion test; will play vs Raiders

Hines Ward has passed the battery of tests that Steelers players are required to take after suffering a concussion, and the veteran wide receiver is expected to play Sunday according to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers will monitor Ward throughout the week. If Ward doesn’t experience any post-concussion symptoms, he will suit up against the Raiders. Ward got knocked out of Sunday night’s game against the Patriots at the end of the first quarter. He said after the Steelers’ 39-26 loss that he should have been allowed to return to the game. Tomlin confirmed that Ward passed a concussion test administered to him at Heinz Field but said that the Steelers didn’t want to take any chances. “I think we’re all pretty familiar with the climate that we’re in, in regards to concussions,” Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. “Sometimes, you’ve got to protect the extreme competitors from themselves, and Hines is that. We love and respect him for that, but we had to act in his best interests.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. A - Lo

    November 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Just out of curiosity, is there going to be a fine on the player that had helmet to helmet contact with Ward?

  2. Jeff

    November 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Damn well better be a fine on Sanders. He’s a repeat offender as well. We’ll see later in the week if the NFL shows consistency on doling out it’s fines. Losing Hines for the balance of that game really showed how our ability to convert 3rd downs is lacking when he’s not out there. Couple that with a patch work O line not having the NFL’s BEST blocking receiver out there and that contributed to that debacle we watched on Sunday night. This has been brutal so far this week living up here in MASS and listening to how the Pats OWN the Steelers. I can’t refute that unfortunately and I’m frustrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jeff – Sterling, MASS

  3. deliman

    November 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I have to get on Tomlin. He’s a good sound bite Mon-Sat..gives a good speech…loves a good cliche.. BUT..You need to coach on Sunday pal. If you’ve watched this team at all you knew the Pats would throw the heck out of it. THEY HAD NO ANSWERS! His supposed top Defensive unit looked like a bunch of lost puppies and he (Tomlin) was a deer in headlights on Sunday night. He’s won a Super Bowl but almost blew a Super Bowl that was one-sided because HIS Defense went to sleep and play a bit scared in that 4Q. Cameras don’t lie in primetime..I saw lost coach in HDTV on Sunday night.

  4. Jeff

    November 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Yeah I have to agree with you deliman…..I noticed it in the 1st quarter on Sunday night. I said to my son Daniel, ” look at Tomlin, he looks scared, almost like he’s seen a ghost ” I think what he saw was that first Pats drive and knew deep down it was going to be a long night. Especially knowing that his offense had no chance with that O line situation of matching NE score for score. Will know how good a coach he his this Sunday based on how his team comes out against the Raiders. If they are flat, emotionless and look confused, they didn’t buy whatever message he was sending this week!

  5. deliman

    November 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Yeah Jeff… I like Tomlin but I fear that oustside of a good speech or some catchy lines he’s not doing what needs to be done with X’s and O’s. We’re seeing a lot of the same trends without much adjustment. I can call the running plays from my living room. What do you think good opposing coaches will do?

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