Thursday, October 26, 2006
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Someone found a way to take the fun out of the game for Hines Ward, at least momentarily.
Ward acknowledged yesterday that coach Bill Cowher had some harsh words for him after he helped cause a 15-yard penalty Sunday in Atlanta for celebrating a Nate Washington touchdown. Ward and rookie Santonio Holmes were flagged for joining Washington in mocking the Falcons' "dirty bird" dance.
"I apologized to coach," Ward said. "That's uncalled for. Was it planned? No, we just went off emotions.
"That was all emotional stuff. Santonio saw me dance, and he wanted to get into it. We all were just having fun, it wasn't to taunt anybody. But that's the rule, and we have to be smart about it.
"Coach Cowher talked to me about it, and it won't happen again."