Steelers Notebook: Injured Ward returns, leaves practice early
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Hines Ward took two steps forward and perhaps one backward yesterday when he practiced for the first time in more than two weeks and quit early because he felt a twinge in his left hamstring.
"It went all right," said Ward. "I still felt something in it. ... I'm still day to day."
Ward, the Steelers' career leader in receptions, missed the first two preseason games after his hamstring was injured Aug. 4 in practice. He has hired some medical people from York, Pa., who spent the weekend working on his hamstring.
"Overall it felt good to be back out here," Ward said. "I got some reps in. Toward the end I started getting fatigued and I just wanted to be cautious about it."
Ward had pointed to yesterday's practice as a target for his return as the Steelers prepare for their third preseason game, Friday in Philadelphia.
"This is an important game for me because it's really our last dress rehearsal," Ward said. "The last preseason game, we probably won't get much playing time so to really get a feel for the game, going against a great team like Philadelphia, this is an important week for me."
Ward, the Super Bowl MVP, has missed just one game in his eight-year career, that coming last season because of a hamstring injury.