Hines Ward apologized to his teammates today after talking with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at length about comments made during an NBC interview he said was misinterpreted.
"We talked. I'm not going to get into what was specifically said,'' Ward said at lunchtime in front of his locker. "The issue's been resolved.
"I apologized to the team today for having to even answer questions about this. We've moved on and getting ready for Oakland.''
The preparations for this season opened up on the first night of training camp when Roethlisberger himself apologized to teammates for getting sued in civil court. He said he did not want it to become a distraction for the Super Bowl champs.
Ward sparked a new debate this week about concussions in football after an interview with NBC-TV on Roethlisberger's late scratch from Sunday's game in Baltimore because of lingering effects from a concussion the previous week.
"It's almost like a 50-50 tossup in the locker room. Should he play? Shouldn't he play? It's really hard to say,'' Ward told the network. "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. 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."
Ward said his "50-50" comments were probably a bad choice of words and that others misinterpreted them.
"The 50-50 comment, maybe it was the wrong choice of words,'' Ward said today. "But have guys played with concussions before? I'm pretty sure a lot of guys in this league have. But every case is different. The 50-50 comment, I mean it wasn't like I was trying to say that half of the locker room was divided or half was mad at Ben for not playing. I just think people misinterpreted that whole interview."