GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off the field early in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. Steelers won 32-20. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Hines Ward Injury: Steelers WR Reportedly Has Sprained Ankle

Steelers WR Hines Ward left Sunday's game but his long-term diagnosis is good after the injury is just a sprained ankle.

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Hines Ward Injury: Steelers WR Has Yet To Practice

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward missed practice Thursday, his second straight missed practice due to an ankle sprain suffered last week against the Arizona Cardinals. Though Ward's chances of playing this weekend against the New England Patriots appear somewhat tenuous, backup wideout Emmanuel Sanders sounded confident that the veteran would suit up.

"If he can't go, I am the starter, but as of right now, we're going with (Ward)," said Sanders, who has scored twice on 13 catches this season. "I saw him running today. Things are looking good."

Ward has a reputation as one of the toughest players in the league, and he has been around the organization long enough that a few extra days of rest shouldn't put him too far out of sync with the rest of the team. Fans may ultimately have to wait until game day to find out for sure whether he will make it onto the field.

For more on Ward and the Steelers, check out the SB Nation blog Behind The Steel Curtain. For a Pats perspective on this week's game, head over to Pats Pulpit. 

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Hines Ward Injury: Steelers WR Expected To Be OK

Little was known about the apparent ankle injury that took out Hines Ward when he left during the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals. Luckily for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the injury appears to be only a sprain. Head coach Mike Tomlin was optimistic afterwards on his receiver's chances to return. 

"We will see where he is as the week goes on," Tomlin said. "Hines always finds a way to defy logic, if you will, when it comes to injury and so forth. So we will definitely leave a seat on the bus for him."

Ward, he of 14 years in the league, isn't one to back down from an opportunity to start if he can avoid it. We should find out more before this weekend's game against the New England Patriots.

For more on the Steelers, check out the SB Nation blog Behind The Steel Curtain. Stay tuned to our storystream for updates on Ward as the week progresses.

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Hines Ward Injury Update: Steelers WR Carted Off With Ankle Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers might have lost wide receiver Hines Ward for the game with an apparently ankle injury. According to multiple reports, Ward went down and was carted off the field with an injury to his ankle. The extent of the injury is not known at this time and his status to return to the game is questionable.

While Ward is one of the most recognizable Steelers wide receivers, his missing shouldn't hurt too, too much. Ward has fallen off a bit as a target since the emergence of Mike Wallace in the Steelers offense. Ward is still a factor over the middle and moving the chains, however. Before his injury, Ward had 3 receptions for 21 yards.

For more on the two teams, check out Arizona Cardinals blog Revenge Of The Birds and Pittsburgh Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of Week 7 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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