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WARD WON'T BE FINED FOR RIVERS HIT

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward says he’s been baffled the last two weeks when he’s been fined for big hits that didn’t draw penalty flags.
There’s good news for Ward this week: He won’t be fined for his latest brutal hit that didn’t draw a penalty flag.
Ward blowed up Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers on Sunday, knocking Rivers out for the season. But Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the league has ruled that the hit was clean, and Ward won’t be fined for it. This time, the league’s review of the tape was consistent with what the officials ruled on the play: Even if there was harm, there was no foul.
Everyone agrees that Ward is one of the most physical receivers in the league, and some argue that Ward crosses the line from “physical” to “dirty.” But the league says the play that broke Rivers’ jaw was just a good, clean, hard block.

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  1. Pea Tear Griffin says: Oct 21, 2008 2:29 PM

    Rivers should be fined for not paying attention.

  2. TCLARK says: Oct 21, 2008 2:30 PM

    He lead with the crown of his helmet. I watched it on your U tube vedio.

  3. TitanPride says: Oct 21, 2008 2:32 PM

    Mabey some other backer from the famous USC # 55 club will even the score later in the year.

  4. shaunypoo says: Oct 21, 2008 2:36 PM

    Travesty.

  5. woodyjunior says: Oct 21, 2008 2:38 PM

    Ward does cross the line from “physical” to “dirty” – with regularity – but this hit was clean. Rivers should chalk that up to a “Welcome to the NFL” moment.

  6. 5xWC says: Oct 21, 2008 2:38 PM

    Welcome to the NFL, Rookie!!!

  7. bp8833 says: Oct 21, 2008 2:40 PM

    You learn things like this in Pee Wee football. Put your head on the inside and shoulder on his side when blocking down, that was clearly done here. Anyone that says this is dirty needs to see that Rivers had a chance at the tackle and Ward made an excellent block. Also, how bout Troy calling out the league then getting a concussion? Weird.

  8. Inept_guy says: Oct 21, 2008 2:42 PM

    Finally the NFL makes the right decision. If you want to protect quarterbacks, that is fine. Making some techniques of tackling and blocking illegal, fine too. But when you start fining players for clean hits that are “too rough” or happen to cause injury you are turning the game into a ballet. Ask anyone who ever played or coached football. You learn very early to keep your head up for blockers coming the other way. Rivers didn’t, he got lit up. Unfortunately, he was hurt, but he has no one to blame but himself. I also liked the comment from one of the Bengals players that Ward is dirty and will only blind side people. Watch any game he is in. He will block anyone he can from any angle he can. I guess next time someone wants to block someone who isnt looking, they should tap them on the shoulder first and ask permission.

  9. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 21, 2008 2:43 PM

    TCLARK obviously has tapes that the league hasn’t seen. Do you work for the Patriots?

  10. bwnyc says: Oct 21, 2008 2:43 PM

    I’m unclear as to what constitutes a helmet-to-helmet hit.

  11. 5xWC says: Oct 21, 2008 2:43 PM

    Welcome to the league, ROOKIE!!!

  12. The_Stig says: Oct 21, 2008 2:44 PM

    What would you rather he lead with, his testicles??
    No, wait……..

  13. LoneRhino says: Oct 21, 2008 2:44 PM

    He didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet. He led with his shoulder, and hit the guy so hard his head snapped into Ward’s helmet. Ward laid a textbook block on that guy. Even at the Atom level (8-10yr olds, where I coach defense) we teach our linebackers to keep their eyes open. “When you’re going to make the tackle, someone will always be trying to stop you.” That’s what we tell them. Rivers will be the first to admit he should have seen it coming – well, he’ll admit it when he can talk again.

  14. ch0wfaced91 says: Oct 21, 2008 2:44 PM

    Larry Johnson might punch Hines Ward in the dome because WARD IS A GIRL

  15. axlwarrior19 says: Oct 21, 2008 2:49 PM

    Clean hit, but he’s still a little B*tch.

  16. SteelerDave says: Oct 21, 2008 2:53 PM

    A good, clean, hard block indeed!
    Brian Billick summed it up perfectly by saying about Ward
    “I hate the S.O.B., but I’d love to have him on my team.”
    If he’s not on your team you probably hate him, but if he was on your team, there ya go.

  17. Crushing Touchdown Run says: Oct 21, 2008 2:54 PM

    He lowered his head. You peewee coaches saying that he used good form are going to have a paralyzed 5th-grader on your hands one day.
    Dirty? Yes. Cowardly? As usual, yes.

  18. Dirty_Waters says: Oct 21, 2008 2:56 PM

    It was a clean hit, but I’m tired of Ward trying to hurt people. He runs up field and then cracks back all the time. Let me see Ward try lining up a linebacker when they are looking. Somebody is going to get him back some day.

  19. Crushing Touchdown Run says: Oct 21, 2008 2:57 PM

    “But the league says the play that broke Rivers’ jaw was just a good, clean, hard block.”
    It didn’t say that at all. I know you wanted it to, but it didn’t.
    Typical Sh!tsburgh fan.

  20. Sinless says: Oct 21, 2008 3:00 PM

    If that hit would have happened to a receiver or QB, there would have been a suspension. To bad for Rivers that he plays Linebacker.

  21. ClevelandSucks says: Oct 21, 2008 3:00 PM

    HAHAHA I love watching that hit over and over, stupid rookie pay attention! And of you all Hines Ward haters you want some cheese to go with that wine.

  22. Murph says: Oct 21, 2008 3:01 PM

    He blocks with his right shoulder, keeps his head up, doesn’t use his helmet, and has his feet planted. That’s a textbook block. If you think it’s dirty you’ve never worn pads.

  23. illBill says: Oct 21, 2008 3:02 PM

    I applaud the NFL for making the right call. At least they looked at this hit objectively, not taking any of Ward’s previous fines into mind. This hit was legal, clean, and awesome.

  24. The_Stig says: Oct 21, 2008 3:03 PM

    Gotta give Hines 5 smirres fol that hit.

  25. ouzoholic says: Oct 21, 2008 3:03 PM

    He gets fined for things he knew nothing about but not this hit that everyone is talking about? Clearly if this were against a player on any other team he would be fined. Goodell hates the Bengals. That’s why he’s always suspending their players for little indiscretions.

  26. I C light pounder says: Oct 21, 2008 3:04 PM

    ha ha ha ha suck it up rivers. Hey if you do not want to get “blowed up” in the nfl you can trade places with me and take my desk job. They should save this video and show it to all the rookies to show them how to lay a block.
    and for anyone that say ward is a dirty player, you need to stop hating. you only hate on him because you wish that recievers on your fav team had an ouce of the talent ward has. Hey dont blame the steelers for having a WR that everyone wished they had on there team
    gooooooo Stiller
    P.S. Rivers i hope you dont get a staph infection, since that seems to being going around the dirty state of ohio

  27. KNON2000 says: Oct 21, 2008 3:06 PM

    Ward didn’t lead with his helmet, but man, was that a bone-crushing hit. Surely it was the definition of unnecessary roughness. But, honestly, at what level does it get fined for unnecessary roughness when the hit is legal? Aparently they couldn’t make that distinction, so they let it pass. Rivers learned a valuable lesson about keeping his head on a swivel.
    Pretty much identical hit as the one on the kick-off in Invincible. They need to know the situation around them, just like a ball carrier needs to know who could strip the ball. Rivers wasn’t aware of Ward and paid the price, end of story.

  28. wowbaka says: Oct 21, 2008 3:07 PM

    Reminds me of the nasty hit of Warren Sapp to Chad Clifton a few years back. That was much more of a cheap shot because it was very far away from the action. Sapp also didn’t get fined, but lost respect of many fans and reporters that day.

  29. Thunderlipps says: Oct 21, 2008 3:09 PM

    Has Ward ever had a “highlight” hit on anyone that WAS expecting it?
    To me, that would be “physical”. De-cleating some guy who isnt expecting it… well, that just seems cheap.
    Which is why he has developed the reputation for being a cheap shot artist. Most… All other NFL players choose not to cross the un-written rules of how to play the game.
    Ward’s time is coming… unfortunate, but probably deserved.

  30. SteelyJ says: Oct 21, 2008 3:10 PM

    TClark must have been watching the video of me and his mom… That was me leading with my helmet. Sorry i told her not to put it on YouTube.

  31. KNON2000 says: Oct 21, 2008 3:14 PM

    The hit on Chad was on the backside, away from the action. I still can’t believe that didn’t draw a suspension.
    In this case, Ward was in position to block a linebacker with his sites set on tackling the ball-carrier. If Rivers wasn’t so preoccupied with wanting to make the tackle, he would have noticed Ward, so obviously, this is a completely different situation.
    If you aren’t allowed to block a player in position to make a tackle, what exactly are you allowed to do?????

  32. shaunypoo says: Oct 21, 2008 3:14 PM

    I hate Ward because he can’t block someone hard that he is looking at eye to eye. If you want to applaud that, go ahead, but that makes you as cowardly as he is. If he were on the Bengals, he would have been suspended 4 games. The Bengals don’t need help to suck, but thanks for the push, Goodell.

  33. Wrecks_Grossman says: Oct 21, 2008 3:16 PM

    nothing like a good crackback, had Rivers done something like this during an INT/fumble return many Steelers haters would be applauding it…Judging by the way they play, pretty sure the Bengals were unaware that receivers can block, most likley why they considered it dirty

  34. Umdayo says: Oct 21, 2008 3:17 PM

    So…there are those who feel Goddell hates the Bengals! He should. They are so pitiful they bring a bad name to the NFL. How can true parity ever be reached when this bunch of misfits is pulling on pants and jerseys and helmets?
    And CRY? Man you ain’t heard crying till you hear Bungals fans cry about the Steelers. They’re still crying about Kimo and Palmer! Now they can add Ward and Rivers. Maybe their theme song should be “Cry Me a River(s)!

  35. CaptainFantastik says: Oct 21, 2008 3:22 PM

    I love all you tough talking Ward haters. None of you would ever in any universe be in the same league of toughness as Hines Ward. He’d lay out any one of you armchair QB pansies and smile doing it. Some of you are just mad because he’s probably decleated many of your favorite defenders and emasculated them on national TV for all to see. Best blocking and posession reciever in the history of the game. It’s not even debatable.

  36. ChaddyJohnson says: Oct 21, 2008 3:23 PM

    I’d happily kick in some Benjamins to the Ravens player fined for collecting the “bounty” put out after the hit on Bart Scott. Someone needs to give Ward a taste of his own medicine and level his ass 30 yards away from where the play is taking place. A broken jaw wouldn’t hurt. While it is football and isn’t for pansy’s and girly men, hits like that simply aren’t called for. If that hit was on a QB, RB or WR, there’d be a fine coming with a suspension.

  37. SteelyJ says: Oct 21, 2008 3:24 PM

    Can everyone please stop saying that all Hine’s hits come when the defender isn’t looking. The vast majority of the big hits in the NFL come when someone isn’t looking and or expecting it. Blind-sided hits on the QB, crack backs on KO or Prs, A receiver across the middle, a Rb turning with a screen. When a player has time to prepare for the hit by ducking or braising himself you dont have this type of impact. Hines has plenty of blocks when the defender is squared up. These just don’t have this type of viciousness, and therefore arnt on the front page of PFT or ESPN.

  38. ChaddyJohnson says: Oct 21, 2008 3:25 PM

    Hey Umdayo – y’all Stealers never woulda won the 2005 game against the Bengals if Palmer hadn’t gotten hurt. If you don’t know that then your an idiot.

  39. Hollywood Wags says: Oct 21, 2008 3:29 PM

    Yeah, it’s not like defensive players don’t stack jump and gang tackle with intent to injure.
    Nah.

  40. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 21, 2008 3:34 PM

    Captain Fantasic – maybe you should check out film from the NFL in the 40′s 50′s and 60′s. Ward’s a great player, but the hits back then were insane!

  41. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 21, 2008 3:42 PM

    Which is the bigger tragedy in this item, Rivers’ broken jaw or the return of IC Buttpounder?

  42. Anesthesia says: Oct 21, 2008 3:49 PM

    what, no opinion? so sapp is an a-hole but ward has you writing like the AP? ward has leveled countless more cheap hits than sapp ever did.

  43. Kendi2807 says: Oct 21, 2008 3:52 PM

    The hit was incredible, although I feel bad that Rivers got hurt and is out for the year.
    If you watch NFL games, any player that has a chance tries to land a lick like that…period!
    It’s just that usually the opposite player expects it and avoids it as much as possible as previously said.
    Just look at how often safeties try to kill a receiver coming over the middle… especially bigger guys like Wilson, Bigby and some smaller like Dawkins, Polamalu and Roy Williams… they thrive on it!
    And for you Ward haters, Heines Ward is known to be the best WR blocker in the league not for those crushing hits, but for blocking down field when the RB breaks a run… that means blocking LB’s, Safety’s and DBacks. Remember, most of those are bigger than him!
    I feel bad for you haters who’s WR’s do not have the balls or mentality to play like Ward!

  44. whodeyben says: Oct 21, 2008 3:54 PM

    So, in order to textbook “block” a guy, a player needs to launch himself into the opposing player. What a bitch. Sheba-nom, poji.

  45. nps6724 says: Oct 21, 2008 3:55 PM

    “what, no opinion? so sapp is an a-hole but ward has you writing like the AP? ward has leveled countless more cheap hits than sapp ever did. ”
    Sapp blindsided a player who was 40 yards away from the play and had basically conceded the play. Ward blindsided a player who was close to MAKING the play and was going full-speed. These are two completely different situations. Sapp’s was a cheapshot, Ward’s was necessary for the play. If he doesn’t make that block, his teammate may have been tackled by Rivers. Since his block was legal in every way, there is no reason to complain unless you don’t like Hines Ward.
    BTW, I’m not a Steeler fan. I’m not a fan of any AFC team, so I have no dog in the fight. But it is easy to tell who is and is not a Steeler fan in these comments.

  46. nps6724 says: Oct 21, 2008 4:03 PM

    “So, in order to textbook “block” a guy, a player needs to launch himself into the opposing player. What a bitch. Sheba-nom, poji. ”
    Watch again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXxc9OxIJyc).
    How did he launch himself? Both feet are on the ground when he makes the hit. And the first part of Ward to make contact is his shoulder hitting Rivers’ left arm and shoulder. You’re right, what a bitch. Assuming you’re referring to yourself.

  47. Thunderlipps says: Oct 21, 2008 4:15 PM

    What Ward does, and how he does it, in no way compares to a RB on a screen, or a blindside hit on the QB, or a receiver coming across the middle. Those are all plays on the ball. period.
    Ward’s cheap shots on non expecting players away from, or near the play are just that… cheap shots.
    If he was lead blocking for a RB/WR etc. and pulled off a hit like that, kudos. But running down field then circling back and picking guys off, (with all hes got), 10-15yrds away from the play, while their not expecting it… thats bush.
    Everyone plays hard on the field, however seasons end, and careers are jeopardized with weak crap like that.

  48. WhoDey148 says: Oct 21, 2008 4:16 PM

    I don’t think Ward should be fined but some of this comments are the worst ever. Welcome the the NFL? Last time i checked, he’s now OUT of the NFL. And Rivers should have been fined for not paying attention? whoever said that comment obviously has never played football and deserves to be shot

  49. JuicyMelon says: Oct 21, 2008 4:17 PM

    Ward shouldn’t be fined. I am not going to feel sorry for someone for having this job. All players should know the risks. If they don’t, then they should watch tape of this hit.

  50. nps6724 says: Oct 21, 2008 4:36 PM

    “Ward’s cheap shots on non expecting players away from, or near the play are just that… cheap shots.”
    Why is a player on the field NOT expecting to get hit?? Every player who ever steps on the field should be expecting a hit. Can you find one single, solitary highlight of Ward blasting someone away from the play a la Sapp? Every big hit I’ve ever seen from him was around the play. And most of the time, if he doesn’t make the block that guy makes the tackle. Look at the YouTube video I linked to. If he doesn’t hit Rivers, Rivers makes the tackle. Sure you could say he should just block him like most WRs (re: stand in his way) instead of laying into him, but that then gives Rivers the chance to beat the block and still make the play. It sucks that Rivers is out for the rest of the season, but guys get hurt severely on legal plays all the time. There’s no reason to hate on Ward for doing his job effectively within the rules.

  51. DanSnyder says: Oct 21, 2008 4:41 PM

    He needs to be suspended, I like ward but he is causing too many injuries on cheapshots, they may be legal but most of them are hits when the defender isnt even engaged with him.
    I dont see how a helmet under the chin breaking a players jaw and ending his season doesnt constitute as a blow to the head nor does it draw a fine or suspension. They need to suspend ward for a game, need to get him in check cause hes starting to get a little out of control. Its one thing to do a cheapshot but when you starting causing injuries(plural) then the league needs to do something about it.
    Most of you defending it would be pissed if he was your star linebacker that just got put on IR due to a broken JAW

  52. SteelyJ says: Oct 21, 2008 4:43 PM

    Thunderlipps – HOw was this hit away from the play? Rivers was 2 steps from attempting a tackle. Do you have a problem the same type of block on kick and punt returns? or even INT returns?

  53. fbnkty says: Oct 21, 2008 4:44 PM

    Chaddy Johnson says: ” y’all Stealers never woulda won the 2005 game against the Bengals if Palmer hadn’t gotten hurt.”
    Nathan Arizona says: “And if a frog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass by hoppin’”

  54. Slappy says: Oct 21, 2008 4:54 PM

    I see how the NFL does it.. Ward gets fined for slapping someone on the helmet but not for blindsiding a guy and breaking his jaw… LOL Goodell is a joke and so is the NFL .. Not to mention Ward is a elf looking grinning idiot ..

  55. SteelyJ says: Oct 21, 2008 4:55 PM

    DanSnyder – You are a moron. A football player is getting out of control because he throws hard blocks? Can you please list the other injuries that Ward has caused? Your post makes a point to say “plural”

  56. imfrompa says: Oct 21, 2008 5:01 PM

    Is everyone aware this is a Pro Football site… not Soccer… they don’t need to issue a red card because he hurt someone… it will be alright. Rookies need shortened seasons anyway to get some much needed rest.

  57. CD_Ridge says: Oct 21, 2008 5:14 PM

    Glad to the see that the NFL saw “Fines” Ward’s block was OK. Devastating, but legal. Keep up the good work “Fines”.

  58. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 21, 2008 5:39 PM

    He hit the guy when he ‘wasn’t expecting it’. Maybe that’s the real problem – defenders don’t expect to get hit. As far as Hines having to worry about people hitting him, aren’t they supposed to do that if he has the ball? I mean, really. WR’s get hit by guys bigger and stronger than them every time they go across the middle. When THEY return the favor? Waaaaaah. That big mean WR hit him when he wasn’t paying attention. Here’s a tip – PAY ATTENTION.

  59. gogobroncos says: Oct 21, 2008 6:13 PM

    Ward led with his helmet and should have been fined. If this hit cam from a defensive player, there would have been a flag and a fine but since it’s Ward the league is OK with it.
    My problem with Ward is that he often gloats directy after the fact. He did the same thing to Ed Reed and jumped over him repeatedly.
    Not cool.

  60. ryanmc says: Oct 21, 2008 6:21 PM

    Well, no matter what you think of the hit at least this shows that the NFL is not out to get Ward or anything like that. So, Steelers fans can stop their whining about that, or pretending like Ward got fined for nothing the past couple weeks.

  61. Blacksunshyne says: Oct 21, 2008 6:36 PM

    http://andrewsandman.com/main/images/rivers_injury.jpg
    You don’t see many players blocking with the crown of the helmet on the chin. Plain as day he lowers his head to deliver the blow to the head.

  62. yoyo says: Oct 21, 2008 6:53 PM

    shaunypoo is now blaming Goddell because the Bungles draft thugs? Jeez, no wonder Obama is leading in Ohio.

  63. fordman84 says: Oct 21, 2008 7:02 PM

    I can’t wait for the day that as Ward is lining up some defender, another defender cleans his clock from the blindside. THAT would be sweet, and I bet that he would be calling for a fine if he even suffered a scratch.

  64. TBLCommish says: Oct 21, 2008 7:17 PM

    You do realize that this hit was made by a WR who was make a block on a player that was attempting to make the tackle?
    You guys act like Ward is a pussy, dude goes over the middle takes hits from the LBs and DBs that have bounties on him, gets up and smiles.
    I cannot wait for the Steelers to play the Ravens in December!

  65. nps6724 says: Oct 21, 2008 7:30 PM

    “I can’t wait for the day that as Ward is lining up some defender, another defender cleans his clock from the blindside. THAT would be sweet, and I bet that he would be calling for a fine if he even suffered a scratch. ”
    So Hines Ward has never been hit when he wasn’t looking before? Yeah, okay.

  66. Anesthesia says: Oct 21, 2008 8:09 PM

    Here are a couple of Hines Ward’s cheap shots. Notice he lowers his helmet to put the crown on the chin of each one. He’s cheap.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m4ZWQymo_Y&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NJYruxZ4Zg&feature=related

  67. justaguyinachair says: Oct 21, 2008 11:31 PM

    nps – You can’t find any of hines ward’s cheap shots because they usually occur away from the play, and not on camera.
    Hines ward is the dirtiest playing WR in the game today. The hit was cheap, dirty, foul, and any other word you could use to describe how despicable it was. The man lead with his helmet. The only reason his shoulder hit first is because of the angle he took and the direction rivers was running.
    P.S. to all Bengals fans out there. Goodell doesn’t hate the Bengals, the owner Mike Brown does! Think about it. Coach Lewis never wanted Chris Henry back in his locker room, but who went over his head and signed him anyway? Mike Brown. Who drafted all those talented players with suspect character? Mike Brown. The Bengals want to become a good team again? The answer is obvious. Get rid of Mike Brown.

  68. nps6724 says: Oct 22, 2008 12:52 AM

    “nps – You can’t find any of hines ward’s cheap shots because they usually occur away from the play, and not on camera.
    Hines ward is the dirtiest playing WR in the game today. The hit was cheap, dirty, foul, and any other word you could use to describe how despicable it was. The man lead with his helmet. The only reason his shoulder hit first is because of the angle he took and the direction rivers was running.”
    So there’s no proof of these cheap and dirty hits? For a guy who does it as often as people here are suggesting, for none of them to be documented is rather far-fetched. Warren Sapp did it ONCE and it was on every sports channel and show everyday for 3 weeks. There are so many camera angles in the game now, specifically a certain shot that allows a play to be seen from directly behind the offense. In TEN YEARS of football, there is zero proof of all these cheap, dirty hits besides the same handful?
    If he had led with his helmet, his helmet would’ve made contact first. There is no possible way for someone to lead with their helmet and it not hit first. Otherwise, his helmet would be following another part of the anatomy. That’s what “leading” means.
    The fact is defensive players make these type of hits every week and no one bats an eye. For some reason, when an offensive player does the same thing it’s a big deal. Defenders take liberties with offensive players every chance they get, they deliver helmet-to-helmet shots, they hit prone receivers, they rip at facemasks, they go below the belt. Yet a LEGAL crackback block is dirty? It’s hypocritical. Bart Scott in 2006 said he was going to “put a little hot sauce” on Reggie Bush’s leg and THEN DID IT and no one batted an eye. And Reggie didn’t even do anything to provoke the moron. So apparently defensive players can do whatever they want but as soon as the same treatment is given to them, they whine and cry like a bunch of little bitches. Bottom line, if you’re man enough to dish it out you’re man enough to take it. ESPECIALLY when it’s a legal hit.

  69. TheRebelMonk says: Oct 22, 2008 2:16 AM

    “The hit was cheap, dirty, foul, and any other word you could use to describe how despicable it was. The man lead with his helmet. The only reason his shoulder hit first is because of the angle he took and the direction rivers was running.”
    Does that even make sense? That’s kind of like saying “it wouldn’t have been a touchdown run if the endzone wasn’t in front of where he was running.” He hit him shoulder first, which is the very meaning of the word. There was no helmet-to-helmet…so that’s out. There is no blow to the head, because a blow to the head (which is only to be used for a hit on the quarterback, as defined in the NFL Rules, Rule 12, Section 2, Article 11, Part 3, is ” use [of] hands, arms or other parts of the body to hit the quarterback in the head.”
    I am a Steelers fan, and love Ward, but Anesthesia’s second clip is a cheap hit. The play was clearly over, and that was definitely unnecessary roughness, worthy of fine, and even a suspension wouldn’t have been argued by me.
    Ward can take a hit, he often has and has come up smiling (and sometimes woozy). He is a tough WR that goes over the middle. He gets to do the same thing to someone that they do to him. Also, as for the Reed hit where he was just “jumping over top of Reed in excitement,” he was waving for the training staff of the Ravens. If there is one thing I don’t like about Hines, he is a showboat, big time. But he wasn’t in that instance. Everyone here wishes he was on their team, but unfortunately for you, only we Steelers fans get to enjoy the best blocking wide receiver in the game (in all facets, and against all players, including taking on defensive linemen).

  70. fordman84 says: Oct 22, 2008 9:06 AM

    “So Hines Ward has never been hit when he wasn’t looking before? Yeah, okay. ”
    I am sure that he has been, but it is always a penalty. Plus if ANY defender lowered his head to use it as a weapon…and that is what he does…the player would be suspended a game.
    Ward knows that if he lowers his head, he can do more damage. It is a weapon, and that is prohibited in the NFL.

  71. nps6724 says: Oct 22, 2008 10:19 AM

    “I am sure that he has been, but it is always a penalty. Plus if ANY defender lowered his head to use it as a weapon…and that is what he does…the player would be suspended a game.
    Ward knows that if he lowers his head, he can do more damage. It is a weapon, and that is prohibited in the NFL. ”
    How is hitting a WR who isn’t looking a penalty? WRs get hit across the middle and when going up for passes all the time without penalty. And what football have YOU Been watching? Defenders use their helmets ALL THE TIME without being penalized OR suspended. Sometimes they get fined, sometimes they don’t. The only player to be suspended this year for such an offense was that Jets safety. You’re grasping for straws and they’re slipping through your fingers.

  72. TheRebelMonk says: Oct 22, 2008 12:22 PM

    Another point, to people who say that Ward hit him harder than her had to, ask any ex-NFLer and listen to any analysis show. They will all say that if you don’t go all out on a block, hit, whatever, that is a very good way to get hurt. By taking the hit to Rivers and not just getting in the way to potentially become roadkill himself, Ward avoided getting himself hurt. Not cowardly, but smart.

  73. manunkind says: Oct 22, 2008 2:33 PM

    ward is a man among prima donnas.

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