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Questionable? Hines Ward says he's playing

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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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