Ward sits out Steelers practice

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers' first Super Bowl practice in Tampa was like every other Wednesday workout all season. Wide receiver Hines Ward was on the sidelines.

Ward Wwas wearing a small black brace on his injured right knee.

He did running and cutting on a side field as the Steelers practiced at the University of South Florida for Sunday night's game against Arizona.

Even if Ward had been healthy, it's almost certain he wouldn't have practiced. The 32-year-old was held out of all Wednesday practices by coach Mike Tomlin to keep him from wearing down during the long season.

Ward is expected to be on the field Thursday, when the Steelers hold their final full-scale practice before appearing in the Super Bowl for the second time in four seasons.