Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward apologized to teammate Ben Roethlisberger Wednesday for saying that the Pro Bowl quarterback needed to man up and get back to playing football after suffering a concussion two weeks ago.
In apologizing, Ward said he hadn’t realized that the doctor told Roethlisberger not to play because of lingering headaches.
"I apologized to the team today for even having to ask questions about this. That never was my intention," Ward told The Associated Press. "I don't want it to be a distraction."
Earlier, Ward said that Roethlisberger’s teammates were split over whether the quarterback should've played Sunday in a crucial AFC North match-up against the Baltimore Ravens, a game that the Steelers lost.
"Ben practiced all week," Ward told football commentator Bob Costas. "I've lied to a couple of doctors saying that you know, I'm straight, I feel good when I know I'm really not straight. I don't think guys really worry about the future when they're playing in the NFL.”
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