Steelers say injured Ward to be ready

Updated: January 19, 2009, 8:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Steelers receiver Hines Ward suffered a slightly sprained MCL in his right knee during Sunday's AFC Championship Game but is expected to be ready for the Super Bowl in two weeks, the team said, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ward said Sunday night that he intended to be ready for the Steelers' matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, "rain, sleet or snow."
Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens

NFL.com Video

Watch highlights from the Pittsburgh Steelers' 23-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

"I will play," Ward said sternly Sunday night after Pittsburgh's 23-14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. "Rain, sleet or snow, I will be there ... My knee is fine."

Ward wasn't available to reporters on Monday, but tight end Heath Miller can't imagine one of the NFL's most durable players not playing. Ward was the MVP of the Steelers' win over Seattle in the Super Bowl three years ago.

"I don't think there's any question 86 will be on the field," Miller said. "I don't even know the extent of his injury, but I saw him walking today so I'm pretty sure that two weeks from now he'll be playing."

Ward, the second-leading receiver in Steelers postseason history, got the Steelers off to a good start before getting injured. He caught three passes for 55 yards before his leg was twisted in the grass on his final catch by a tackle from Ravens cornerback Frank Walker.

Ward briefly returned to the game but was taken out again in the second quarter. He didn't return in the second half and now has two weeks to rest before Pittsburgh's next game in Tampa.

Ward was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, but the Steelers did not release the results. Coach Mike Tomlin is expected to issue an injury update on Tuesday.

Information from ESPN.com's James Walker and The Associated Press was used in this report.

ALSO SEE