Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

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    Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

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    After guiding the Steelers to a pair of Super Bowl wins and absorbing 221 sacks over six seasons, you'd think Ben Roethlisberger(notes) would have earned a little credibility with his teammates – particularly among pass-catching teammates. But apparently not. 

    Hines Ward(notes) shared a few Big Ben-related pregame thoughts with NBC's Bob Costas:

    "This game is almost like a playoff game. It's almost a must-win. I could see some players or teammates questioning, like 'It's just a concussion. I've played with a concussion before,'" Ward told Costas in an interview taped Saturday at the team's suburban-Baltimore hotel as a prelude to the Steelers-Ravens game.

    "It's almost like a 50-50 toss-up in the locker room: Should he play? Shouldn't he play? It's really hard to say. I've been out there dinged up; the following week, got right back out there. Ben practiced all week. He split time with Dennis Dixon(notes). And then to find out that he's still having some headaches and not playing and it came down to the doctors didn't feel that they were going to clear him or not – it's hard to say. Unless you're the person [himself]. … I've lied to a couple of doctors saying I'm straight, I feel good when I know that I'm not really straight."

    Roethlisberger practiced with the Steelers throughout the week, but he was still dealing with exercise-induced headaches so the team's neurosurgeon recommended that he not play. Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh's coaching staff complied. That seems perfectly reasonable, considering the mounting evidence that suggests repeated concussions lead to severe, life-shortening neurological disorders.

    But for Ward, it's really hard to say. He would maybe just lie. It was almost like a must-win. (Even though it wasn't, not at all. The Steelers are a six-win team, they have five games remaining and their next two opponents are Oakland and Cleveland).

    We should note that Dixon was plenty impressive facing one of the league's better defenses. He threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score. He's clearly a weapon; the Steelers can win with him. He wasn't perfect on Sunday – his completion percentage was below 50 and he threw a game-deciding interception in overtime. (video here) – but he was hardly a disaster. Ward should perhaps rethink his position on both Ben and Dixon. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

     
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    Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

    I like Ward but this is just foolish.  Calling out the franchise player for not playing the week after suffering a concussion?!?!  Its not like Big Ben scratched himself from the game, his coach smartly told him we're not going to risk further injury, you're not playing tonight.  They'll have another shot at the Ravens and will most likely grab one of the wildcard spots so I think it was a very smart move by Tomlin.  What if he plays and gets whacked??  Season goes down the drain most likely rather than just a 1 game setback.

     
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    In Response to Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play:
    [QUOTE]I like Ward but this is just foolish.  Calling out the franchise player for not playing the week after suffering a concussion?!?!  Its not like Big Ben scratched himself from the game, his coach smartly told him we're not going to risk further injury, you're not playing tonight.  They'll have another shot at the Ravens and will most likely grab one of the wildcard spots so I think it was a very smart move by Tomlin.  What if he plays and gets whacked??  Season goes down the drain most likely rather than just a 1 game setback.
    Posted by CaptainZdeno33[/QUOTE]

    I've always ripped the dirtiest player in the NFL. I never understood the perception that he is this amazing "hard working guy" there are a lot of hard working guys and they don't laugh when they intentionally injure somebody. This guy is an over hyped dirtbag. I hope rothlesberger hangs a ball out there so he can get his clock cleaned.
     
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    Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

    Ward is a moron.....
     
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    Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

    The Steelers didn't lose because of the QB situation last night. What Hines fails to remember is, they are only football players for so many years, Concussion's aren't something you mess around with. You still have a life to live after football! I tip my hat to Mike Tomlin for not letting him play. I don't think the offense would have scored any more points if Ben would have played. Baltimore won and there are no excuses! Last year the Steelers lived on the edge, winning games at the very end. This year they have lost all their games at the very end! This decade, the Steelers really haven't been a dominating team, they very seldom blow out any teams. And while New England & Indy beat-up on the teams that they should. The Steelers usually struggle with teams when they are big favorite's. It's actually a typical year for the Steelers. It's just that in 2005 & 2008, they seemed to peak at the right time.  Looking forward to the Patriots & Saints tonight!
     
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    Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

    I think the dangers of concussions are finally getting the attention deserved.  The point may very well come in the future where players are forced to retire after a certain number or severity of concussions.  Anyway, suffice to say that "smart" players are learning that you don't take concussions lightly.  For Hines Ward to suggest Ben should risk doing something that can have a lifelong effect on the guy's brains is crazy.  A brain is a terrible thing to waste.  Just ask Leon.
     
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    Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play

    In Response to Re: Hines Ward questioning Big Ben's decision not to play:
    [QUOTE]I think the dangers of concussions are finally getting the attention deserved.  The point may very well come in the future where players are forced to retire after a certain number or severity of concussions.  Anyway, suffice to say that "smart" players are learning that you don't take concussions lightly.  For Hines Ward to suggest Ben should risk doing something that can have a lifelong effect on the guy's brains is crazy.  A brain is a terrible thing to waste.  Just ask Leon.
    Posted by carawaydj[/QUOTE]


    Good Point Caraway, the NFL is at least saying they are close to adjusting rules in regards to concussions. This is the most violent sport in the Country and concussions are at an all time high(at least reported concussions.) Only an ignorant jerk like Whines Ward would attempt to throw his own QB under the bus. What a F-Tard
     
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