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Hines Ward suffered a concussion

The Steelers initially said Hines Ward was knocked out with a “neck” injury even though it was pretty clear that he was dazed and confused after taking a shot to the head on Sunday night.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin admitted that Ward suffered a concussion.  (The team likely called it a neck injury at first in case they wanted to bring Ward back in the game.)  Ward said after the game he could have returned, but he wasn’t allowed.

“He will go through his normal battery of tests after sustaining a concussion,” Tomlin said via ESPN.com. “We’ll see where we are in terms of next week.”

The 6-3 Steelers host the 5-4 Raiders next week in one of the more intriguing matchups of the Week Eleven slate.

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  1. goldsteel says: Nov 15, 2010 1:04 AM

    Yes, the hit ended his streak of consecutive games with a catch. The head shot to Hines Ward should have brought a flag but Hines is on the wrong team for that. New England’s Prima Donna quarterback did get a foul for roughing the quarterback when he was pushed down a second after making a throw.

    Bob Kraft was in attendance and deference must be paid.

    Is there any defense being played under Goodell’s football?

  2. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 1:05 AM

    Now what you just said doesn’t make a lick of sense. They called it a neck injury in case they wanted to bring him back into the game. They desperately needed him. And he wanted to return. “But he wasn’t allowed.” So if they were deliberately trying to conceal the nature of his injury so he could return, they needed him, and he wanted to return, why didn’t they let him return?

    But why let logic get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.

  3. richm2256 says: Nov 15, 2010 1:11 AM

    I don’t even want to hear that the Steelers lost because of Ward being out.

  4. macpac86 says: Nov 15, 2010 1:52 AM

    Just remembered that Wards record ended tonight. That’s a shame. lol

  5. hooterdawg says: Nov 15, 2010 2:20 AM

    This is the seond helmet to helmet hit by the Pats this season that resulted in injury. The first cost $50,000. I wonder what fine the NFL will levy this time.

  6. warrensip says: Nov 15, 2010 3:56 AM

    Really Deb? Do you think they would have let him play if the game was really on the line late? I think they would. Why chance it if the game is just out of reach and you are being controlled.

    The steelers had nothing to gain by playing him. They had everything to gain by calling it a neck injury…making him available to return if he was needed.

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2010 6:14 AM

    goldsteel:

    Give it up, the Pats were ready and schemed the Steelers into the ground.

    THAT’S the story.

  8. everybodygotaids says: Nov 15, 2010 7:34 AM

    goldsteel says:
    Nov 15, 2010 1:04 AM
    Yes, the hit ended his streak of consecutive games with a catch. The head shot to Hines Ward should have brought a flag but Hines is on the wrong team for that. New England’s Prima Donna quarterback did get a foul for roughing the quarterback when he was pushed down a second after making a throw.

    Bob Kraft was in attendance and deference must be paid.

    Is there any defense being played under Goodell’s football?
    ________

    LOL of all teams….of ALL teams in the league, Steelers fans NEVER get to talk about another team getting calls. Ever.

  9. Caldon says: Nov 15, 2010 8:01 AM

    What, the Steelers “might” have been trying to play outside the rules? Too bad the game wasn’t close enough for them to put him back in.

  10. CT Pats Fan says: Nov 15, 2010 8:05 AM

    I wonder if Ben will call him out for not playing?

    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/11/30/hines-ward-calls-out-ben-roethlisberger-for-not-playing/

  11. citizenstrange says: Nov 15, 2010 8:48 AM

    There is no rhyme or reason to helmet to helmet hit penalties except to call them on the Steelers.

    That is now TWICE in two weeks that Ward has taken the most obvious headhunting dirty helmet to helmet hit with nary a flag thrown.

    How do the refs not throw a flag and eject the player on the illegal hit to Ward? Seriously?

    Reothelisberger takes five illegal hits per game but because he is a big, tough guy the refs don’t even consider throwing a flag. Did you see the sack near the end of the game? Roethlisberger got hit IN the helmet WITH a helmet?

    The way this crap is enforced is a joke.

  12. everybodygotaids says: Nov 15, 2010 9:16 AM

    citizenstrange says:
    Nov 15, 2010 8:48 AM
    There is no rhyme or reason to helmet to helmet hit penalties except to call them on the Steelers.

    That is now TWICE in two weeks that Ward has taken the most obvious headhunting dirty helmet to helmet hit with nary a flag thrown.

    How do the refs not throw a flag and eject the player on the illegal hit to Ward? Seriously?
    _____________

    Did you watch the same play? Yes, helmet to helmet contact was made, but Sanders didn’t launch himself with the crown or anything. He dropped a shoulder, Ward moved a little to the side and there was a little contact (also, not against a defenseless receiver, he had coralled the ball and was turning upfield before getting his bell rung and dropping the ball). Maybe a $5k fine? Just to be consistent? Certainly not “headhunting” or any other garbage.

  13. kennyfukinpowers says: Nov 15, 2010 9:20 AM

    “Squealer” fans complaining about refs? Nobody has benefited more from the refs help than the “Stealers”. Look at their last 2 Superbowls, Oakland in the 70’s, Miami this year. Stop your crying and accept the ass whippin the Pats gave you.

  14. bengalsdoucheuno says: Nov 15, 2010 9:30 AM

    Of all players in the league that would deserve to be head hunted it would be Hines Ward. That douche has single handedly issued more cheap shots and dirty hits than I’ve ever seen. I’m sure many players in this league are sending “thanks” to Sanders and probably gonna buy him a few drinks the next time they see him. Ward deserves any dirty hits or cheap shots he gets.

  15. botully says: Nov 15, 2010 9:39 AM

    The Steelers never just lose, ever. There is always a reason that it’s not their fault.

    Nobody knew it was a helmet hit until the replay. Clearly incidental, though it may get a fine.

    After the chalkboard cartoon and Harris’s posturing about the new policy Steelers fans are complaining?
    Oh, right, Steelers fans are always complaining.

  16. greeneggsandelbow says: Nov 15, 2010 9:39 AM

    Payback Hiney Hole.

  17. homelanddefense says: Nov 15, 2010 10:18 AM

    I didnt think that hit was too bad really. Its unfortunate the Ward got hurt, but the first tackler lowered Ward into the hit, I really dont think Sanders was trying to do that.

    Its funny to hear Steeler fans complain about dirty hits when they have guys like Ward and Harrison on their team.

    And while you are at it, might as well mention that Polamalu tried to snap Bradys next after the play was over on his TD sneak.

  18. homelanddefense says: Nov 15, 2010 10:19 AM

    Brady’s “neck”

  19. nopuntintended says: Nov 15, 2010 11:47 AM

    Hines Ward was the unfortunate recipient of a very clean hit.
    Saunders was coming with head up, arms forward, and Ward was contacted by another player prior to this contact, making it accidental contact due to good technique.
    Steelers fans are just getting their panties in a knot because the Ravens are keeping pace ;-)

    Same scenario as Collie.

    Also, the NFL is loving to call concussions (minor ones) “neck injury” (see Joseph Addai who is out with a “neck injury” despite having “head pathology associated with it”). Sounds a lot better, keeps people paying.

  20. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 12:42 PM

    @warrensip …

    Hon, Hines went out early–long before the game got out of hand. If he’d been in there, it might not have gotten out of hand. And while I agree that we were dominated on the field, the difference in the score was only 13 points. We’d have had a better chance at making up those points if Hines had been available during those end-zone plays.

    My guess is that he kept telling them it was his neck, but they weren’t going to let him back in because they couldn’t be sure it wasn’t a concussion without further testing. If the neck thing had been the team’s ruse to get him back into the game, he’d have gotten back into the game.

  21. warrensip says: Nov 15, 2010 10:11 PM

    Deb, are you sure you weren’t hit in the head?

    When the TEAM releases the injury during the game and it’s a neck injury what do you think they were trying to do? The difference in the final score and what really happened out there are two different things.

    Let’s be real honey or at least strap on your helmet and drool cup before watching anymore football.

  22. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 11:12 PM

    Aw, warrensip. I didn’t realize you were an adult literacy student. Bless your heart. After all, if you knew how to read, you’d have caught me saying that the final score and what really happened out there are two different things. And you’d have caught me congratulating the Pats all over the place, and making no excuses whatsoever–you know–being “real.”

    Or maybe you’re just blind. Because if you could see, you’d have noticed that Ward did not go back into the game. So you can continue to argue until hell freezes that the Steelers were fudging on that injury report so they could bring him back in … but since they didn’t bring him back in, your argument is just wild suppositioning. I’m more logical and tend to base my arguments on what actually happened instead of what I dream up in my head.

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