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Raiders Vs. Steelers: Hines Ward Ready To Play

There's mostly good news this week on the Steeler injury front. Hines Ward should be ready to play Sunday after suffering a concussion in the Steelers' loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Ward passed a number of tests for concussion and should be fine; he himself wanted to re-enter the Patriots game, but wasn't allowed to.

Guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee, ankle) and linebacker Lawrence Timmons (hip) will play, although Scott Brown notes that Timmons and Troy Polamalu (Achilles tendon) will only do partial participation in practice. Brett Keisel (hamstring) and Crezdon Butler (quadriceps) are listed as questionable.

For the Raiders, wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) will be listed as questionable. Wideout Chaz Schilens won't practice today. Wideout Louis Murphy and tight end Zach Miller (foot) should play. Defensive tackle John Henderson is on pace to be ready to play.

Miller, the Raiders' leading receiver, is a serious weapon, Mike Tomlin notes:

"Their tight end is as good and as complete a tight end as you're going to find in football. This guy is capable of doing it all, similar to our (Heath) Miller. He's good on the line of scrimmage, good at blocking. He's a vertical threat."

UPDATE: The official Steelers injury report is here:

S Will Allen - DNP (concussion)

DE Nick Eason - DNP (illness)

SS Troy Polamalu - DNP (Achilles)

DT Steve McLendon - DNP (illness)

DE Aaron Smith - DNP (triceps)

CB Crezdon Butler - limited participation (quadriceps)

DE Brett Keisel - limited participation (hamstring)

G Chris Kemoeatu - limited participation (ankle)

LB Lawrence Timmons - limited participation (hip)

WR Hines Ward - full participation (concussion)

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