Hines Ward: Steelers locker room in 'total disarray'

Retired receiver says lack of leadership showed in 2012. Terry McCormick

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INDIANAPOLIS _ Hines Ward didn't mince words when asked by NFL Network if the Pittsburgh Steelers had locker room problems in 2012.

Ward, who retired after the 2011 season following his release by the Steelers, said the Pittsburgh locker room was in "total disarry."

“When you lose so much leadership in the locker room, that is where things present itself like that,” Ward said in an interview picked up by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“Guys start finger-pointing, calling out other guys. That's not the Steeler way. We always had a rule: We are a band of brothers. We've always collectively kept everything in-house. But there was no finger-pointing and calling out each other. That's total disarray, a locker room in disarray.”

Comments about linebacker LaMarr Woodley's weight and commitment have been at the center of the speculation that all was not well in Steeler Land last season as the club slumped to an 8-8 finish, and a number of players have commented about a fractured locker room.

That was something GM Kevin Colbert denied Friday at the NFL Combine.

“Whether you win a Super Bowl or finish 8-8, there's not a 100 percent harmonious locker room,” Colbert said. “Quite honestly, I'm not concerned about our locker room.”

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