Ward apologizes to Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward extended his apology to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to all of his teammates, saying he didn't mean to create an unnecessary distraction.

Ward called Roethlisberger on Monday to say he was sorry for questioning why the quarterback didn't play in the Steelers' 20-17 loss to Baltimore the night before. Ward said he wasn't aware a team doctor advised Roethlisberger not to play because of lingering headaches resulting from a concussion.

During a team meeting Wednesday, Ward apologized to the rest of the Steelers for his ill-chosen remarks made when he first learned the quarterback wouldn't play. Roethlisberger says the two talked and put the misunderstanding behind them.

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