Mark it down – at some point before the end of the season, Hines Ward will make a game-changing play.
Right now, Ward is more of an afterthought in the Steelers high powered offense, as Sunday he had one grab for 10 yards, and this season in the first 10 games, Ward has 27 grabs for 268 yards and two scores.
His biggest game to date was the October 7th blowout win over the Titans, where he had 7 grabs for 54 yards and two scores. Over his last five games, he’s missed two with injury, and has just 7 grabs for 78 yards in the other three.
Is it over for Ward?
“It may not be any indication of his participation moving forward,” Mike Tomlin said Sunday after the game, “it’s just an indication of his participation today.”
The team looked different Sunday, as It was Jerricho Cotchery, not Ward, who lined up with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh’s three-receiver sets. Cotchery had a solid day, catching a touchdown and getting robbed of another, and he ended the day with 2 grabs with 29 yards.
The end may be near for one of the greatest Steelers of all-time, but make no mistake, he’s still going to make a play before it’s all said and done. Ward may not be in his prime anymore, but don’t forget about him and what he has been able to do in his seasons with the Steelers.