Hines Ward didn't take part when the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice Wednesday, but that isn't a good indicator of his chances of playing this weekend against the New England Patriots.
Ward, who routinely sits out Wednesday practices, injured his ankle in last week's win over the Arizona Cardinals. Ward told NFL Network's Albert Breer Wednesday he did not suffer a high ankle injury and said the fact he's not wearing a walking boot is a good indication of his progress.
"It will take a lot," Ward told NFL Network Wednesday. "I don't particularly like missing any ball games. But at the same time, you have to be smart. For me, I'm going to work my tail off to get back on the field."
Defensive tackle Chris Hoke (neck), guard Doug Legursky (toe) and linebackers James Harrison (eye) and Jason Worilds (quadricep) also did not practice Wednesday, while linebacker James Farrior (calf) was limited.