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Ward, Farrior out for Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers' Ward leaps into the endzone over Tennessee Titans safety Griffin during their NFL football game in Pittsburgh Reuters

As the Steelers prepare to put their three-game winning streak on the line against the Patriots, the home team will be missing two key veteran players.

Receiver Hines Ward (ankle) and linebacker James Farrior (calf) have been downgraded to out, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Ward injured his ankle against the Cardinals last week.  With Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders, the offense isn’t expected to miss a beat.  If it doesn’t, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Steelers will decide after the season that it could be time to move on from Ward.

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8 Responses to “Ward, Farrior out for Steelers”
  1. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 30, 2011 9:56 AM

    Steelers won’t miss a beat as they are both on the downside anyway. Youth will be served.

  2. steelchamps says: Oct 30, 2011 9:56 AM

    Emanuel sanders your up!!
    Larry foot….. Sigh.. Umm buckle up also!

  3. winnersagain says: Oct 30, 2011 10:16 AM

    Tho im in favor of the youth in AB, Sanders and Mike Haul-Ass. Hines can still be a productive receiver and he will leave when he’s ready. Cmon, your talking about a Hall of Famer here.

  4. jc1958cool says: Oct 30, 2011 10:24 AM

    pound the rock, patriots defense is not that good!
    put the heat on brady with a pass rush, steelers should win

  5. flash1283 says: Oct 30, 2011 10:44 AM

    jc1958cool says:
    Oct 30, 2011 10:24 AM
    pound the rock, patriots defense is not that good!
    put the heat on brady with a pass rush, steelers should win

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    Pitt has 0 sacks vs Brady the last 2 games.
    Pitt can’t stop the Pats passing attack.
    No Harrison no Farrior = no chance.

  6. flakazoid says: Oct 30, 2011 10:59 AM

    All Hines does is find the seams, catch the ball, and makes sure when you need 10 yards he doesn’t get 9. And he doesn’t miss his blitz adjustments. As much as I love to watch the young guys, you need Hines to win.

  7. dirtdawg55 says: Oct 30, 2011 11:24 AM

    It is easy to dismiss the contributions Hines makes. Yes, he has lost a step and he is certainly not the first option any more (might barely make top three what with Wallace, AB and Miller on the roster), but the youngsters have made their share of mistakes and Hines is a more than capable blocker.

    The one solace? Cotchery is up. Not a bad option as your fourth receiver on any given Sunday.

    Farrior is on the retirement tour this year. Can’t imagine he will be back. His absence will be felt more against the run as Woodley and Timmons are the keys against the pass. Missing Harrison is the tougher part as the rush capabilities are diminished without him there.

    But no excuses. Next man up – you have to win with the roster you have.

  8. antibenapalooza says: Oct 30, 2011 11:44 AM

    For once I can agree a brother-in-law who is from Boston and, therefore, supports the Patriots: we both want Pig Ben squashed like a bug in this game.

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