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Hines Ward benched during Steelers game

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Hines Ward suffered benched-like symptoms during Pittsburgh’s win against the Bengals.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that Ward was not on the field in three receiver sets.  Instead, it was Jerricho Cotchery who caught four passes and scored a touchdown.

Ward caught his only pass for four yards.

Perhaps the Steelers were playing it safe with Ward heading into the bye. But anyone that has watched Ward this season has to admit his knees look shot and he simply hasn’t been effective.  When Emmanuel Sanders returns, Ward might fall to fifth on the depth chart.

Ward is due $4 million next season. It wouldn’t be surprising if this winds up being his last season in Pittsburgh, and quite possibly in the NFL.

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52 Responses to “Hines Ward benched during Steelers game”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:17 PM

    Hines will be on NFL Network next season. Mike Irvin will do something stupid.

  2. baous says: Nov 13, 2011 10:19 PM

    He’s done. Just retire and go back to Dancing With The Stars.

  3. cowboynation919 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:20 PM

    i’m sorry Hines. You have been a great Steeler for years who seems to always have an upbeat attitude.

    Unfortunatly time is creeping up fast on you, and rather then ruin your career by thinking you’re still a top 5 talent and going to another team, you should take all you memories and SB’s and retire as a Steeler.

  4. tombradyallday says: Nov 13, 2011 10:21 PM

    the beginning of the end. hell of a career tough receiver cant take that away from him

  5. superfinesumo says: Nov 13, 2011 10:24 PM

    I’m pretty sure Cotchery scored 2 TDs.

  6. renaissanceman87 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:25 PM

    Hines Ward and Donald Driver are two great veteran receivers who have contributed to the success of their respective franchises… but by years end, both will find themselves 5th on their teams depth chart and overshadowed by younger, better and hungrier players.

    They’ve both had a good run!

  7. Stiller43 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:27 PM

    Ward just needs 19 or so passes to ride off into the sunset with 1000 receptions and 12,000 yards…keep it together til then

  8. realitypolice says: Nov 13, 2011 10:29 PM

    Dan Snyder is already working on the outline of a 4 year 32 million dollar contract to offer Ward after the Steelers release him at the end of the season.

  9. daburgher says: Nov 13, 2011 10:29 PM

    Hines has had a great career but unfortunately time has caught up w/ him. We’ll miss you Hines

  10. mvpolamalu says: Nov 13, 2011 10:38 PM

    It is very sad to say, but ward just cant keep up with youngsters wallace, brown, sanders and even veterans like cotchery. He is the best steelers reciever of all time, but the end is near.

  11. henrykissingerisgod says: Nov 13, 2011 10:40 PM

    Will hines get 19 more catches is the question

  12. johntonioholmes says: Nov 13, 2011 10:46 PM

    I know a lot of people hate Ward and will be glad to see him go, but he had a heck of a career. Almost 1000 receptions on a team that didn’t have a good QB until 2004 is impressive.

    The numbers don’t show that he was definitely one of the most savvy route-runners of this era.

    And let’s face it: there’s only one wide receiver in the league who has ever been asked to block defensive ends and it’s this guy.

  13. steelersfan929 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:48 PM

    Who better to train these young receivers? Maybe he will be out after this year, but what some great years we have had.

  14. 6ball says: Nov 13, 2011 10:49 PM

    .

    Retired without notifying the Steelers.

    .

  15. fruityromo says: Nov 13, 2011 10:49 PM

    Without a doubt a Steeler that has earned the right to be called one of the best, ever. I hate the fact that there is a DUI hanging over him but other than that, he absolutely goes down as one of the best Steelers that has ever worn a helmet that only has one logo.

    I love this crazy Asian!! Where are my chopsticks?

  16. dirtdawg55 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:53 PM

    I love Ward and Steelers fans will be forever grateful for his contributions to the team and rightfully proud when he enters the HOF, however his career is done. He has looked shot all year long and isn’t close to being the player he once was. They aren’t bringing him back other than for a victory lap – but as much as they will be over the cap it is unlikely they can do that.

    The Steelers will possibly say goodbye to a few stalwarts after this season – Smith, Ward, Farrior. Not out of the question they cut Mendenhall.

  17. halftermguv says: Nov 13, 2011 10:54 PM

    I listened to the game on the Steelers radio broadcast. They made note that Hines had come out late from the locker room after the half with even more tape on his ankle. His absence was more likely injury related than being “benched”.

  18. warvette says: Nov 13, 2011 10:55 PM

    he’ll get fined for illegal cheeks to the bench the way the nfl singles out all the steelers players for being dirty cheaters fo every single rule-abiding thing they do. amirite!?!

  19. kilo0986 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:57 PM

    Ward is for sure one of the steeler greats but I wouldnt put him infront of Lynn swann. I really dont want to see him go though.

  20. Deb says: Nov 13, 2011 10:58 PM

    If this is Ward’s last year with Pittsburgh, it will be his last year in the NFL. He won’t play for another team. We’ve been as blessed with receivers this season as we’ve been cursed with injuries at other positions. But though he’s older and slower, Hines was still the most reliable WR in the Super Bowl. If this is the end, he’s had a great run, and I hope he’s able to come back and finish strong.

  21. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 11:00 PM

    I hope Whines calls it a career. He won’t be missed.

  22. jgg1 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:05 PM

    Hines Ward will always be in the hearts of Steeler Fans. He is a great receiver, but his time is coming to an end.

  23. fastevens says: Nov 13, 2011 11:05 PM

    I don’t think Hines ward is done. He may be slow but he’s one of the best in this business. He just needs to be healthy.

  24. lovesmesomeme says: Nov 13, 2011 11:06 PM

    After everything is said and done he still won DWTS

  25. ravensarepretendersflaccoisajoke says: Nov 13, 2011 11:09 PM

    You can thank Ray “I won’t get flagged by the refs for my obvious helmet shot” Lewis for this one.

  26. Sam Von Schamm says: Nov 13, 2011 11:11 PM

    Ward’s touchdowns, yards and receptions speak for themselves, but…

    There are plenty of defensive players on the list of Guys-You-Don’t-Want-To-Get-Hit-By, but Ward is the only offensive player on the entire list.

    Hell, they had the change the rules because of of his prowess. Given how physical and punishing his game has been, it’s mind-numbingly impressive that prior to this year, Ward missed only half a dozen games in 13 seasons.

    Next stop: Canton.

  27. paulieorkid says: Nov 13, 2011 11:25 PM

    Even now at the twilight of his career – Ward is a deeply respected team leader, a scrapper, wiley as hell and tougher than a 2 dollar steak.

    However, other WRs are or have emerged – as the Steelers adapt to the new millenium challenges.

    Mike Wallace? Everybody has been hip to him since his detonation on Planet NFL. Wallace will blow the top off any defense.

    Emmanuel Sanders? Love that guy – watch his savvy, poise, elusiveness, DB-baiting, the rest — very bright future for Sanders if he stays healthy.

    Antonio Brown? Disgusting — we got him in round 6. RAC yards are just the tip of the iceberg here. AB is filthy – man has seriously skills!

    Jericho Cotchery? Anyone who caught his splash plays in Gotham during very limited opps saw the upside here — and he is our 4 or 5 guy.

    The Steeler wideouts run 5 deep. Who else can match that? Maybe the Pack, but the list is not long.

    Having said all that – Ward will always be beloved and embraced by Steeler Nation — he epitomizes Steeler football. He is our kind of baller.

    Signed,
    Steeler Nation

  28. southyank7 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:30 PM

    Ward won’t be only grissely veteran playing final season in Pittsburgh gonna be alot of turnover of this roster this offseason
    Ward, Farrior, A. Smith, Kemo,

  29. steelcurtainn says: Nov 13, 2011 11:32 PM

    Dont give up Hines Yet, he always likes the underdog approach. He has plenty of football left end him. He’ll come up with some big plays just when people count him out, watch. Your kidding yourself if you think he’s done.

  30. fancyleague says: Nov 14, 2011 12:12 AM

    Hall of Fame.

    Anytime you get a rule named after you, that’s immediate enshrinement.

  31. krim25 says: Nov 14, 2011 1:15 AM

    I think of Hines gets the rock he can still produce. A couple games back before his ankle injury he had 7 or 8 catches and 2 tds, one of which he hurdled a defender into the endzone.

  32. fmwarner says: Nov 14, 2011 2:02 AM

    warvette says: Nov 13, 2011 10:55 PM

    he’ll get fined for illegal cheeks to the bench the way the nfl singles out all the steelers players for being dirty cheaters fo every single rule-abiding thing they do. amirite!?!
    ====================================

    No.

  33. hetvoetbalbeestje says: Nov 14, 2011 2:24 AM

    Steelers QB is part of the issue:about 30 all Roethlisberger can do is rack up miles in meaningless passing yards: Bengals game: Roethlisberger : 245 yds ONE TD ( that’s 6 pts)
    Andy Dalton : 170 yds TWO TD (12 pts)
    Bengals with Andy Dalton achieve more with less depletion of energy- WHAT IT MEANS:
    IT IS ROETHLISBERGER who runs weary
    great players like Hines Ward.
    It’s Roethlisberger’s fault if there is wear and tear on Wards knees.

  34. jjacks1122 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:32 AM

    father time is undefeated…

  35. hillzmickelzon says: Nov 14, 2011 3:55 AM

    Hines to the Ravens next year.. Lets get it

  36. steelnucs says: Nov 14, 2011 6:04 AM

    Yeah, his knees sure looked shot when he jumped over that (Titan, I think) defender into the end zone several weeks back.
    Ward can still play, he just isn’t the main focus of the passing game anymore with the newfound deep-passing game and younger, faster WRs. He’ll still get some catches the rest of the way, not to worry.

  37. antibenapalooza says: Nov 14, 2011 6:36 AM

    The good news is unlike another member of the team, he was not twice accused of rape during his career.

    Remember March 5, 2010

  38. bigbadben7 says: Nov 14, 2011 7:30 AM

    I think Hines was still having some consussion and ankle issues.
    The bye will help with both of those.
    Hines has been up and down this year but I’m pretty sure that after they bye he will be ready to have a couple of more 5 catch games that will allow him to close in on his 1,000 receptions and he’s only 30 yds from 12,000.

    I do feel that Cothcery is too good to wasit as he’s sort of like Hines a few years ago and Sanders will keep getting better once he returns from the bye with a healthy ankle as well.

    I don’t know if the Steelers will relese Hines next year but they could easily ask him to take a pay cut becase Cotchery is only signed for this season so unless they re sign Cothcey Hines could still be the 4th WR.

  39. antibenapalooza says: Nov 14, 2011 7:36 AM

    What is wrong with Pennsylvania professional and college sports these days? Young women and even younger boys are fair game. It makes me sick.

  40. napgamer says: Nov 14, 2011 7:58 AM

    realitypolice says:Nov 13, 2011 10:29 PM

    Dan Snyder is already working on the outline of a 4 year 32 million dollar contract to offer Ward after the Steelers release him at the end of the season.
    :

    Only if Phlly loses the bidding war to get another piece of the Dream Team. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. thenastysays says: Nov 14, 2011 8:15 AM

    Woah, wait a second………Hines has had an amazing career and embodies Steeler Nation, I get that. But did someone say up there that he is, and I quote, “the greatest Steelers receiver of all time”????

    C’mon, man! Yes, “mvpolamalu”, I’m talkin to you!

    Listen, I’m sure you’re really young and I’m gonna give you a pass because clearly you’re still wet behind the ears, but don’t pee down my leg and tell me it’s raining! Better than Stallworth? Better than Swan? Let’s not let the emotions of today cloud the history of Steelers receiver lore.

    All that said, congrats on a great career, Hines, and bon voyage…..

  42. pskotte says: Nov 14, 2011 8:24 AM

    Even if he isn’t a Steeler next year I’m sure he could catch on with the Lions (they are always looking for another dirty player).

  43. gmen1987 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:35 AM

    Hines should have at least one good devasting block that knocks off the helmut of a defensive back. Hope he dids a chance to lay wood on Ray Lewis.

  44. jgo304 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:46 AM

    Was washed up last year this year he is a waste of space.

    If they stillers were smart they would run 3-4WR sets with Wallace, Brown, Cotchery, Sanders, and Miller as the lineup.

    Hope he smiles while looking at this Mirror Ball trophy lol

  45. jgo304 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:48 AM

    The Steeler wideouts run 5 deep. Who else can match that? Maybe the Pack, but the list is not long.

    Having said all that – Ward will always be beloved and embraced by Steeler Nation — he epitomizes Steeler football. He is our kind of baller.

    Signed,
    Steeler Nation

    Maybe the Pack ROFL….your a funny one Yinzer.

  46. dickroy says: Nov 14, 2011 10:25 AM

    I believe Hines can play a role next year. If not he will retire. He will not wear a different uniform.

  47. Deb says: Nov 14, 2011 1:15 PM

    antibenapalooza says:

    What is wrong with Pennsylvania professional and college sports these days? Young women and even younger boys are fair game. It makes me sick.
    ————————————————-
    What makes me sick is a Ravens fan who repeatedly pretends he’s a member of Steeler Nation taking shots at our QB from within, a guy who routinely posts his hope that players are seriously injured, and a loser who uses the sexual abuse of children as a way to take shots at a football team he doesn’t like. You really have no conscience, do you?

  48. holeinone09 says: Nov 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    I noticed that Hines wasn’t playing much yesterday, and thought at the time it was more to do with his recent injuries. To me, he is still a very reliable possession-type WR. I have a hard time believing he is out of gas and can’t play some important role on the team. Clearly they have a lot of young talent at WR, and he is not in the top 3 when all are healthy. I would think he would in fact take a pay cut to play with the Steelers, especially if it meant him getting those 1,000 receptions. IMO he will not play for another team, and he will end up in the HOF.

    Great career.

  49. callieqw says: Nov 14, 2011 1:40 PM

    Hines has been one of those players that has made being a Steeler fan so great!! Do what’s best for you Hines. You’ve given us alot of smiles!!!!!!!!

  50. sojumaster says: Nov 14, 2011 1:44 PM

    I hope that when Hines retire, that the Steelers hire him on as a Wide Reciever Coach. He is way too intelligent of a player to let him leave the Steeler Organization.

  51. Vince Papi says: Nov 14, 2011 6:21 PM

    Negative chatter is what drives Hines. I’m sure the comments will drive him to a great conclusion to this season! Regardless if it’s his last he is one of the Steeler greats. Hines, prove me right!

  52. goldsteel says: Nov 14, 2011 8:59 PM

    You can see it on Hines’s face. The smile has been replaced with resignation. He must know this is his last year. This time comes in the life of every player when your body can no longer perform at the level one is accustomed to.

    He’s got a couple of plays left in him before the season is done for the Steelers but the writing is on the wall. Hines will be going to the HOF.

    GO STEELERS!

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