It looked bad for Steelers receiver Hines Ward last Sunday, when he was carted off the field after spraining an ankle. It looked better for Ward when he was later back on the sidelines, standing without crutches or any other device.
As Sunday’s showdown with the Patriots approaches, it’s not looking all that good. Ward missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
But there’s still a chance he’ll play. His replacement in the starting lineup, Emmanuel Sanders, seems to think he won’t be replacing Ward in the starting lineup.
“If he can’t go, I am the starter, but as of right now, we’re going with [Ward],” Sanders said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I saw him running today. Things are looking good.”
On the far more important side of the ball, when it comes to trying to stop the high-octane Patriots, linebacker James Farrior has been limited all week with a calf injury. Linebacker James Harrison remains unavailable after fracturing an eye socket four weeks ago. And linebacker Jason Worilds practiced on a limited basis with a quadricep injury Thursday after missing practice on Friday.