ESPN - Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward underwent surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and will need about six weeks of recovery time before beginning offseason workouts.
The surgery was done Wednesday, but was not disclosed until coach Mike Tomlin's season-ending news conference Thursday.
Ward missed three games this season because of the injury, including the Dec. 30 game at Baltimore. He returned to make a game-high 10 catches for 135 yards in the Steelers' 31-29 AFC playoff loss to Jacksonville on Saturday.
Until this season, Ward had missed only three games due to injury during his 10-season NFL career. Ward has a team record 719 career catches.