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Ward says Roethlisberger needs to address team

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. -- Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said the Ben Roethlisberger questions he and teammates have faced during the offseason are "tiring" and the Steelers need to move past the scrutiny generated by the franchise quarterback's boorish behavior.

"Everywhere we go, we're all affected as teammates, because we're always asked about it," Ward said. "For us, it can get monotonous."

Ward told the NFL Network that Roethlisberger needs to address the team about his off-the-field missteps.

The 13th-year veteran told the Tribune-Review, however, that it is up to Roethlisberger if he wants to talk to teammates about the events that led to a four- to six-game suspension at the start of the 2010 season.

"To be honest, I don't really know the situation and I don't want to know because at the end of the day I know he's not playing for us (at the start of the season) so it's something that him, his family, they have to deal with that," Ward said. "We're going to be there as teammates and show our support if he needs us. I think if everyone comes at him, 'Are you OK• Are you OK?' That can be a burden on him. I'd rather him open up to us if he wants to talk."

Roethlisberger has vowed to change and make amends for the behavior that nearly sabotaged his Steelers career.

"You look at it as a role model, you can't put yourself in situations," Ward said. "We all like to have a good time but in the back of your mind you've got to be like, 'Look, I can't do nothing too crazy because of who I represent.' "

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