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Ward says he'll play against Raiders

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By Scott Brown
Monday, Nov. 15, 2010
 

Knocked out of Sunday night’s 39-26 loss to the Patriots with a concussion, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said he will play next week against the visiting Raiders.


Ward, in fact, said he could have returned to the game but that the Steelers’ medical personnel wouldn’t allow it -- something that didn’t sit any better with the 13-year veteran than the worst home loss of the Mike Tomlin era.


“I felt like I could have played but our (doctors) felt otherwise,” Ward said. “It’s my body. I feel like if I want to go back out there I should have the right. They saw me tripping over the grass and the league was going to make a big deal about it, them putting   me back out there.”


Concussion awareness is a big part of the NFL’s emphasis on player safety, and Ward will have to pass multiple cognitive tests this week before he is cleared to play against the Raiders.


Ward got hurt after taking a shot to the head while making what appeared to be a 5-yard catch on the final play of the first quarter.


The Patriots challenged the call of a completed pass, and officials reversed it after a review.


The significance of that is Ward left the contest with no catches, snapping his streak of regular-season games with at least one catch at 186.


“I’m a competitor and I want to be out there, especially against the New England Patriots," Ward said. "I worked my tail off all week to get in that position and I got dinged up.”


In other injury news, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons left the game in the third quarter with a hip pointer while cornerback Crezdon Butler (quadriceps) and wide receiver Arnaz Battle (shoulder) were also hurt.


“I’ll be fine,” Timmons said.

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