Steelers coaches didn't discuss benching with Ward

Hines Ward's playing time was drastically reduced in Sunday's Steelers victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

With Mike Wallace already established as Pittsburgh's new No. 1 wideout, Mike Tomlin and the coaching staff did some shuffling at the other spots with Antonio Brown getting the lion's share of reps opposite Wallace and Jerricho Cotchery playing as the third receiver. As a result, Ward had just one reception and played only a handful of snaps.

Ward, who did not start, says Steelers coaches did not consult with him that his time was being reduced. Apparently, the Steelers practiced a package of plays with Wallace and Ward and a package of plays with Wallace and Brown, then went the latter route on game day.

"Those are questions for the coaches," Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just have to move forward. I am not going to be angry. I have to go out and continue being the player I am and a leader on this team."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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