Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward went through a full practice on Thursday. The only reporter allowed in the Steelers practice is SI.com‚Äôs Peter King.
Hines Ward is the only Steelers player on the injury report. For the Cardinals defensive end Travis LaBoy (biceps), defensive end Antonio Smith (knee), running back J.J. Arrington (knee), and punter punter Ben Graham (groin) have been limited in practice according to reports. All four players are expected to play.
Mike Tomlin denied an internet report (profootballtalk.com) that Ben Roethlisberger had a X-Ray on his ribs yesterday. Roethlisberger hurt his back in the first half of the Ravens game. Nonetheless this is a non-story because the only practice Roethlisberger missed was last Wednesday and there is nothing wrong with him.
Mike Tomlin was named 2008 Motorola Coach of the Year
Sunday‚Äôs Players to Watch
LB LaMarr Woodley (3 career playoff games ‚Äì 6 sacks)
WR Santonio Holmes ( 3 career playoff games ‚Äì 3 touchdowns)
Holmes who revealed on Wednesday that he sold drugs in his youth to have spending money, will be the Cardinals primary focus in stopping the Steelers passing game. Holmes has been the Steelers big playmaker during the playoffs scoring two touchdowns of 65+ yards.