Tag:Hines Ward
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Ward accuses Harbaugh of fake handshake

Posted by Andy Benoit

Steelers receive Hines Ward, the reigning Dirtiest Player in Football (as voted by his peers) hasJ. Harbaugh (US Presswire) plenty of enemies, particularH. Ward (US Presswire)ly in Baltimore. Rod Woodson, Tony Siragusa, Chris McAlister, Corey Fuller, Bart Scott, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs have all been cited as members of Baltimore’s anti-Ward crowd.

Ward now thinks John Harbaugh can be added to that list.

“I don't think their head coach likes me," Ward said, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "I tried to shake his hand before we played them the last time. He gave me a fake handshake. He didn't even look at me. That's fine. Whatever."

Ward has been called dirty, cheap and other far worse things by Ravens players over the years. McAlister used an expletive to describe Ward. Scott said he wanted to kill him (he also admitted that there was a bounty on the wideout in an early-season game back in 2008).
Are there any members of the Ravens organization Ward gets along with?

"Ray (Lewis) and I are OK. We have the same agent," Ward said. "But the other guys? We're not so cool. Ed (Reed) and I have seen each other at the Pro Bowl and we didn't even speak."

You can bet Reed and his buddies will be speaking to Ward on the field Sunday night.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Derrick Mason reaches 900

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With his third catch of the game today, Ravens WR Derrick Mason became only the 13th player in NFL history to surpass the 900-career receptions mark.

Next on the all-time list is Torry Holt (920) at No. 12, but Mason has a ways to go before he would catch No. 1 Jerry Rice (1,549).

By the way, five of the top-13 pass-catchers of all time are still playing. That includes Terrell Owens, Tony Gonzalez, Randy Moss and Hines Ward.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:58 am
 

Hot Routes 11.16.10: Who cares about concussions?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz


- Not only does Steelers WR Hines Ward think he should play next week vs. the Raiders following his concussion Sunday vs. the Patriots, he thinks he should have gone back in the game after his injury. Ward’s mistake, he said, was getting up too early from his collision and stumbling across the field. Instead, he thinks he should have stayed on the turf in an effort to clear his head. Instead, he proved, without a shadow of a doubt, he should not return to the game.

- His Jets teammates were awfully impressed by WR Jerricho Cotchery’s diving overtime catch Sunday, despite hopping around on a bad groin. Damien Woody said the Jets were in awe of Cotchery’s dedication.

- After a Titans debut in which he was targeted just four times (and caught one pass for 26 yards), coach Jeff Fisher said there would be more opportunities for WR Randy Moss in the future. Speaking of Tennessee, it’s Vince Young’s team to run again. Kerry Collins will be out several weeks with a calf injury.

- Chiefs coach Todd Haley to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels: Um, sorry about that.

- With Giants Tom Coughlin announcing Monday that WR Ramses Barden has a fractured left ankle and significant ligament damage, making him likely done for the season, New York only has three healthy receivers to play. That would be Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and (let me know if you’ve ever heard of …) Duke Calhoun.

- Making matters worse for Seahawks DE Raheem Brock, who was arrested on a DUI charge last weekend, he didn’t tell his coaches about it before playing in Sunday’s game. That likely won’t sit well with the decision-makers in Seattle.

- Anybody wanting to take a bet on whether Dolphins LT Jake Long will play this Thursday, despite suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder, should consider this: In the first 42 games of his career, he’s played 99.4 percent of his team’s snaps (missing only 18 out of 2,838). That said, his injury does not sound so good.

- Former Buccaneers guard Arron Sears is battling mental issues. And it’s not like he’s far removed from his playing days.

- The Panthers did not appreciate Tampa Bay’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen that might have led to Clausen’s concussion. Especially WR Steve Smith.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 7:46 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.15.10: Week 10 boxscore tidbits



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

-With his concussion suffered early during the Sunday night game, the streak of consecutive games made with at least one catch ended for Steelers WR Hines Ward. It ends at 186, the third-best streak in NFL history.

-Ravens K Billy Cundiff blasted three touchbacks Sunday. That gives him 25 on the season (a 58.1 percent success rate on his kickoffs), the top mark in the NFL. He’s already destroyed the club record (15 by Matt Stovall in 2007).

-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had three catches for 104 yards, the most he’s ever produced in his career. Since Jon Kitna replaced the injured Tony Romo at QB four games ago, Bryant has 23 catches for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

-Seahawks WR Mike Williams had 11 catches for a career-high 145 yards in Seattle’s win against the Cardinals. He did it with a broken finger suffered in practice four days earlier.

-Chiefs QB Matt Cassel threw for 469 yards, the second-highest single-game total in Kansas City history (Elvis Grbac had 504 yards in 2000). The Chiefs still lost.

-For the first time since 1941, two brothers are NFL punters at the same time. Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt faced Denver’s Britton Colquitt on Sunday, and Dustin’s average (43.3 yards) beat Britton’s average (41.0). The Chiefs still lost.

-When Manny Pacquiao destroyed Antonio Margarito in a unanimous decision in Dallas on Saturday, it was his second win of the year at Cowboys Stadium (he beat Joshua Clottey there in March). The Cowboys, meanwhile, have only one win at home this season.

-Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 72 yards and three touchdowns in helping beat the Steelers. Which was a marked improvement over last week when he dropped passes, muffed up a kickoff return and fumbled deep in Browns territory to help hand Cleveland the win.

-Of the 50 passes tossed by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, more than half (27) were targeted for either Roddy White or Michael Jenkins.

-From 2007-09, Bengals RB Cedric Benson combined for only three fumbles. This season alone, he’s got three.

-For the first time this season, Jets RB Shonn Greene outgained LaDainian Tomlinson on the ground. Greene had 72 yards on 20 carries, while Tomlinson carried the ball 18 times for 57 yards.

-The Jets dominated the time of possession vs. Cleveland (47:08 to 27:36) but needed until the very end of overtime to squeak out the win.

-Since his big coming-out party in Week 2 (17 carries, nine catches, 232 total yards, three TDs), Lions rookie RB Jahvid Best hasn’t scored a TD and has gained more than 50 yards on the ground just one time. On Sunday, he had 17 carries for 35 yards.

-Even with four players throwing the ball Sunday (Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and Brandon Marshall) the final passing stats for Miami were pretty good. The four combined to complete 24 of 37 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns, one INT and a passer rating of 99.3.

-This is a stat that will make Pete Prisco gnash his teeth. In the past two games, Jaguars QB David Garrard has completed 41 of 52 passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Two weeks ago, his passer rating was 157.8. On Sunday, it was 134.1.

-Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two scores. Much of that production, though, came in garbage time when the game was already lost.

-Mike Goodson became the first Panthers RB to rush for at least 100 yards this season. Not Jonathan Stewart, not DeAngelo Williams. Mike Goodson.

-Buccaneers RB LaGarrette Blount has only played in six games this season. In his past four, he’s rushed 65 times for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:10 am
 

Hines Ward suffered a concussion Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Hines Ward took a big shot to the head (on a helmet-to-helmet hit) Sunday night, and missed nearly the entire game against the Patriots. Turns out, the "neck" injury he suffered was what we thought it was -- a concussion.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gave reporters the specifics of the injury during his post-game press conference.

"He will go through his normal battery of tests after sustaining a concussion," Tomlin said. "We'll see where we are in terms of next week."

Ward also said afterwards he wanted to get back in the game but the doctors wouldn't let him.

His symptoms, which included looking dazed on the sidelines and stumbling dizzily off the field, were pretty indicative of the problem, and, clearly, the team made the right call in keeping him on the sidelines, even if their red zone offense sputtered as a result.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 7:17 pm
 

Hines Ward: QBs might have some blame on big hits

Posted by Will Brinson

We talked to Thurman Thomas recently, and he made a funny (but salient) point -- some blame for big hits has to be placed on quarterbacks, especially if they continually hang their receivers out to dry over the middle.

Hines Ward agrees with this theory.

"It's funny, I was talking to [Mohamed] Massaquoi about quarterbacks pregame," Ward said. "I told him it's rough playing with three different quarterbacks. It's especially tough playing with a rookie. If he considers you his go-to guy, he's going to watch you run your route the whole way. That's what happened on that play when [Massaquoi] was hit. [Colt McCoy] followed him with his eyes the whole way. James saw that and knew that pass was coming."

Ward also pointed some blame towards Kevin Kolb on the hit that's knocked DeSean Jackson out for this week's game against the Titans.

"[Dunta Robinson's] quarterback didn't see the cornerback there and led him right into him," Ward said. "What was he supposed to do? He led with his shoulder. That's a good football play. If he tackles him low, he blows out his knees and ends his career. Is that what the league's trying to tell us it wants?"

Of course, Ward didn't put all the blame on the quarterbacks -- he also called the changes "ridiculous" (blame on the league) and told Massaquoi that he need not run through the middle of zone coverage (blame on the receiver).

Ultimately, it is up to the defensive player, because they're the ones making the hits, but there are absolutely steps that offensive players and coaches can take to help prevent their teammates from getting devastated -- you probably just won't see those on Sunday, now that the NFL put everyone on notice, opening up the possibility of dink-and-dunk exploitation of zone coverage throughout the day.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Ward catches ball in 183rd straight game

Posted by Andy Benoit

Steelers receiver Hines Ward caught a four-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to mark his 183rd consecutive game with a reception. That ties Art Monk for the fourth longest streak in NFL history.

Jerry Rice holds the all-time record with 274 consecutive games with a catch (by the way, remember how upset Rice looked on the sideline when that streak came to an end in the Raiders’ 13-10 win over the Bills six years ago?)

Marvin Harrison is second all-time with 190 consecutive games with a catch (none of which he celebrated in the least bit). Third is Terrell Owens with 185 (his streak came to an end last season – and can you believe, we hardly heard a peep about it?).

Ward has now played in 191 career games. The last time he went “catchless” was Week 9 against the Tennessee Oilers in his rookie season.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:50 pm
 

Report: Andre Johnson using PRP for therapy

Posted by Will Brinson

Andre Johnson surprised plenty of people when he was able to return from a high ankle sprain one week later, even he didn't play that well.

Stephanie Stradley at FanHouse may have the answer for Johnson's quick recovery -- according to her report, Johnson (and others on the Texans roster) are using Platelet-Rich-Therapy (PRP) to rehabilitate from injuries.

PRP first gained recognition when both Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu returned in time for Super Bowl XL using the medicinal technology, and when Tiger Woods received the treatment to return from knee surgery and play in four majors.

PRP is a process that takes the body's own substances to help heal itself -- to quote Stradley, "a doctor removes blood from the patient's body, spins the blood in a special centrifuge that concentrates platelets, and then re-injects the platelets into the injured area."

One potential downside, media-wise, to the process, is that Dr. Anthony Galea (who's best known for reportedly being tied to HGH usage ) is one of the leaders in the field .

But the upside is that, clearly, it allows players to rehabilitate faster and it's not against NFL rules. Longer term effects aren't exactly known yet, which could be a concern for someone like Johnson (who just got a shiny new contract) but considering the level of play from Ward and Polamalu since their treatment, perhaps that's not something to worry about.

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