Ward has shoulder surgery
As it turned out, everyone was worried about the wrong joint in Super Bowl XLIII. It was Hines Ward's shoulder, not his knee, that had surgery.
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The concern for Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward during the two weeks leading to the Super Bowl was his right knee, which was sprained during the AFC championship game.
He started in the Super Bowl and caught two passes for 43 yards in the Steelers' 27-23 victory against the Arizona Cardinals to claim their sixth Lombardi Trophy.
This week, Hines Ward had surgery -- on a shoulder, not the knee. He had a procedure to "clean up" a shoulder, according to a Steelers source, and should be fine for the 2009 season. The sprained ligament in his right knee did not require surgery and will heal on its own, the club source said.
Ward had his best season statistically in five years in 2008. He caught 81 passes for 1,043 yards, both tops since the 2003 season.
After the 2007 season, Ward had surgery to repair torn knee ligaments after missing three games that season.
NOTES -- A radio report in Arizona to the contrary, not only have the Steelers not given permission to the Cardinals to interview linebackers coach Keith Butler, no one from the Cardinals has asked to do so. Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt fired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast last week. ... Safety Ryan Mundy, a sixth-round draft choice last season, is among a group of players the Steelers have signed to contracts for the 2009 season. Mundy, who played at Woodland Hills High School and West Virginia, was on the practice squad. ... DVR alert: The NFL Network will replay the entire NBC-TV broadcast of the Super Bowl, including pregame and halftime show, at 8 p.m. tomorrow and again at 12:30 a.m. Friday.
First Published February 11, 2009 12:00 am