Hines Ward has played 117 games in front of the home Pittsburgh crowd during his 14 years in the league.
Saturday against the Rams could very well be his last.
With Ward losing his starting job more than a month ago and falling as low as fifth on the depth chart, there is no guarantee that he will be back next year despite having two years left on a $22 million deal he signed in 2009.
"Nah, I don't even think like that," Ward said. "That thought hasn't even crossed my mind yet."
The thought of the Steelers without Ward has crossed the mind of Ben Roethlisberger, who has thrown Ward 41 of his 85 career regular-season touchdowns.
"It is hard to think about that," Roethlisberger said. "Is this Hines' last year? I don't know, I don't think he knows. Nobody really knows. We all know that there is a chance it could be. It is a tough thing to think about and balance and talk to him about. We don't really know how to feel about it yet."
Ward, who holds nearly every Steelers receiving record, is nine catches away from becoming the eighth NFL player to reach 1,000 receptions.
However, he has only 11 over the past six games and has been shut out twice over that span.