Hines Ward did not start in Cincinnati, and he played a limited number of snaps in the Steelers’ 24-17 win over the Bengals. If the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver has been demoted he is taking it in stride.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,” Ward said. “We won the game that’s the bottom line.”
Ward said his health wasn’t an issue, and that the coaches didn’t tell him before the Bengals game that his playing time would be diminished.
When asked if he thinks his play warrants more time on the field, not less of it, Ward said, “It doesn’t matter what I think. It was a coach’s decision to change the game plan. It is what it is. I just have to move forward. I am not going to be angry. I have to go out and continue being the player I am and a leader on this team.
“It’s different. It’s a different role. I am still going to be the biggest cheerleader because I want to win. Whatever I can do to help this team win ball games, giving advice or when my number is called making a play. Just continue doing that and have a positive attitude.”
— Scott Brown