Steelers not counting Ward out despite injury

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Hines Ward needs extensive work to rehabilitate his sprained right knee for the Super Bowl. But Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin still expects the wide receiver to play.

Ward sprained a medial collateral ligament while making a catch in the first quarter of the AFC championship game against Baltimore on Sunday night. If the Steelers played this week, the Steelers' career receiving leader may not have been ready.

Tuesday was the players' scheduled day off, yet Tomlin observed Ward doing extensive rehabilitation work in the team's practice complex. The Steelers leave Monday for Tampa and the Feb. 1 game against Arizona, but only after they go through a regular week of practice.