Ward Set To Play Sunday
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
Thursday November 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH — On the Steelers’ injury front, there’s good news and bad news.

On the bright side, wide receiver Hines Ward will play Sunday after sustaining a concussion last week in a 39-26 loss to New England. And after sitting out the game against the Patriots with a sprained knee, guard Chris Kemoeatu will be back against Oakland.

But strong safety Troy Polamalu, who’s hardly been playing like an all-star, missed the last two days of practice with a strained Achilles’ tendon. He’s due back at practice today, but there’s still doubt about how effective he’ll be against the Raiders.

At defensive end, there still are problems — and they may be getting worse.

Brett Keisel has yet to go through a full-scale practice this week because of a hamstring pull that’s kept him out for all but a couple snaps in the past four games. Keisel only briefly in the Nov. 8 win in Cincinnati.

Nick Eason, who’s been starting in place of Keisel, has missed the past two days of practice with an undisclosed illness.

And of course, the Steelers are still playing without D-end Aaron Smith, who’s out indefinitely with a torn triceps.