Ward Says Time for Offense to Carry the Steelers

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said it is time for the Steelers offense to turn the tables and carry the defense on its shoulders, starting Sunday against Tennessee.

“It’s time for the offense to step up and carry this team,” Ward said, “because the defense has carried us for many years now. And now they’re going through this situation. We need to be there for our teammates and for this organization, we have to go out and make more plays.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday and still wore a boot on his injured left foot, and two halfbacks did not practice because of injuries — starter Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) and Mewelde Moore (ankle).

Roethlisberger repeated what coach Mike Tomlin predicted Tuesday, that he will play Sunday. And Ward said they will play as an angry team.

“We have a lot of guys who are [ticked] off right now,” Ward said.

“We know we’re not playing good football.”

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