Tuesday Jan. 27, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Former Georgia standout Hines Ward is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl, but he says he's walking around fine with a sprained knee and he will play Sunday night.
He's been so committed to his rehabilitation program since getting hurt in the AFC championship game on Jan. 18, he worked out before the Steelers took a Monday morning flight to Tampa.
Ward hopes to take part Thursday in what will be the Steelers' final, full-scale practice. Before then, he'll have some additional help with his rehab.
Ward shipped a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to the team hotel -- yes, just like the device Michael Jackson once used. Ward believes it stimulates the production of red blood cells. He thinks it will hasten his recuperation from the same type of injury that sidelined running back Willie Parker for a month this season.
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