Arians: Ward proving to everyone that he is healthy
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hines Ward practiced for a second consecutive day, and Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he has rarely if ever seen the veteran wide receiver look better in drills.

“He wanted to prove to everybody that he was healthy,” Arians said after practice today.

Ward got knocked out of last Sunday night’s 39-26 loss to the Patriots with a concussion.

He has since passed a battery of tests that players are required to take after sustaining a concussion and has not experienced any post-concussion symptoms.

Ward, barring a setback, will play Sunday against the visiting Raiders.

“He’s had two great practices,” Arians said, “and showed a lot of younger guys how to do it.”

In other injury news, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (hip) and left guard Chris Kemoeatu (ankle and knee) were full participants in practice today. Each had been limited in yesterday’s practice.

Defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring) was limited in practice for a second-straight day though the ninth-year veteran sounded optimistic that he will be able to play Sunday.

Strong safety Troy Polamalu (strained Achilles) did not practice yesterday for the second consecutive day.

Polamalu is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday.

Safety Will Allen (concussion) and defensive end Nick Eason (illness) have also yet to practice this week.

We need all hands on deck, especially on D.