Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media today at his regular Tuesday news conference in preparations for Super Bowl 43. Tomlin said that injury wise wide receiver Hines Ward suffered a sprained right knee versus the Baltimore Ravens and that the team will do everything they can to make sure Ward receives the necessary medical attention to get rehabbed but warned that Ward will not be comfortable. “In his mind, he\’s playing,” Tomlin said. “So, chances are, he is.” Tomlin went on to say that Ward is part of the Steelers\’ Super Bowl plans. “We\’re definitely not going to count him out,” Tomlin said. “We\’re definitely going to save a seat on the bus for No. 86.” Tomlin also updated other injured players, saying backup running back Mewelde Moore and right guard Darnell Stapleton suffered sprained ankles, outside linebacker and special-teamer Patrick Bailey strained his hamstring, left tackle Max Starks also sprained a knee and center Justin Hartwig also tweaked his knee. Tomlin said that the Steelers would take full advantage of the two weeks between the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl to limit the injured players practice time and allow them extra time to heal.
Tomlin said the Steelers will hold as normal of a routine as possiblle this week and will be practicing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tomlin said the team will travel to Tampa on Monday.