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Friday, January 23, 2009

An injury report already?

In a suprising move since the game won't be played until Feb. 1, the Steelers issued an injury report for the Super Bowl.

Hines Ward and linebacker Patrick Bailey are questionable, Ward with a knee injury, Bailey with an ankle problem.

Oensive tackle Max Starks and linebacker Lawrence Timmons all returned to practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Center Justin Hartwig still isn't practicing to rest his injured knee, but is listed as probable for the Super Bowl.

Running back Mewelde Moore (ankle) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (back) are also listed as probable despite returning to practice Thursday.

I realize head coach Mike Tomlin wanted to treat this week as if the Steelers were playing Sunday, but this is a little ridiculous.

But the Steelers aren't alone in the craziness.

The Cardinals issued a practice report for Wednesday, even though they did not practice, but did not issue one Thursday, even though they did.

The league doesn't require them this week.

© The Steelers are making an extra effort to help Ward recover quickly from his sprained MCL suffered in the AFC Championship against the Ravens.

The Steelers are sending Ward's hyperbaric oxygen chamber to Tampa to help with his rehab regimen.

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