Hines Ward comes off PUP list

The Pittsburgh Steelers have removed wide receiver Hines Ward from the physically unable to perform list, clearing him for a return to practice.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the move, which means Ward has passed his physical. He opened training camp on the PUP list while he continued to rehabilitate from thumb surgery on June 1 to repair a ligament injury he suffered last season.

Ward had maintained he was just on PUP as a precautionary measure. He began catching balls last month and should be full speed shortly.

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