Ward determined to face Cards, Fitzgerald

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Hines Ward is so certain his sprained knee won't keep him out of the Super Bowl, he believes he could play this week if necessary.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver didn't miss a game to injury all season, and he says he's not about to miss a Super Bowl. Especially one against his former practice field acquaintance, Larry Fitzgerald.

Ward became friends with the Arizona Cardinals' All-Pro receiver when Fitzgerald played at Pitt, and the two have stayed in touch. Ward went to several Pitt games when Fitzgerald played for the Panthers in 2002-2003, and he realized immediately how good the young receiver was.

Fitzgerald has set an NFL post-season record with 419 yards receiving in three games and the Super Bowl still to play.