Ward passes tests, returns to Steelers’ practice

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward cleared his post-concussion

tests and practiced in full pads with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ward’s streak of catching a pass in 186 consecutive games ended

when he sustained a concussion during a 39-26 loss to New England

on Sunday, forcing him to sit out the final three quarters.

Ward said he had no trouble passing the memory and judgment

tests given players after they have a concussion.

While the Steelers rarely practice in full pads, coach Mike

Tomlin chose to have such a workout Wednesday – an apparent

response to the way they played against New England.

Sitting out were safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles’) and safety

Will Allen (concussion). Doing limited work were linebacker

Lawrence Timmons (hip), guard Chris Kemoeatu (ankle) and defensive

end Brett Keisel (hamstring).