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Steelers' Ward will try to practice today

Hines Ward will try to practice today for the first time in nearly two weeks, and if his right knee responds well to sprinting and cutting, the veteran wide receiver expects to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Ward did some light running Thursday and got positive news when a second MRI exam showed only a small amount of fluid around his right knee. The four-time Pro Bowler is taking medication and icing his knee to get rid of the fluid. He reiterated yesterday that he wants to play against the Seattle Seahawks but that he won't risk further injury to the knee that caused him to miss only his fourth game in 10 seasons last week.

"All the coaches say, 'Hey, it's up to you,' " Ward said.

• If Ward is not able to play in Sunday's 1 p.m. game, Nate Washington will again get the nod at flanker. Washington caught just two passes for 18 yards in last Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said the third-year pro played well. Washington got open deep a couple of times against the Cardinals, but he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger weren't able to connect for a big pass play.

"He could have played great if he could have made two long catches that were open," Arians said of Washington. "Then he would have had a big-time, 'SportsCenter' day."

• Strong safety Troy Polamalu (abdomen), nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (ankle) didn't practice. Polamalu and Hampton are expected to play against the Seahawks, while McFadden is doubtful for the game.


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71.2 - Rushing yards Willie Parker has averaged in 18 career regular-season games away from Heinz Field.

107.1 - Rushing yards Parker has averaged in 17 career regular-season games at Heinz Field.

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