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Off-season surgeries for Ward

Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs

Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball after a catch against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. (Feb. 6, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Steelers receiver Hines Ward will have two surgeries this week, the first on his left knee and the other on his left thumb, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Ward will have cartilage damage repaired in his knee, a problem that has bothered him since training camp. In addition, he'll have a torn ligament repaired in his left thumb. He suffered the injury while blocking in the second game of the season at Tennessee. Ward wore a protective cast on the thumb all season. 

In addition, rookie receiver Emmanuel Sanders will have a broken foot surgically repaired. 

Ward isn't worried about the physical pain in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLV. But he's still hurting from the 31-25 loss to the Packers. 

"It's tough," he said. "I was really depressed. I didn't want to watch TV, because all you saw was Green Bay and stuff. It hurt more I think because we had an opportunity to win. 

"Anybody who turns the ball over three times and still has an opportunity to win shows a lot about the team," he said. "But we didn't play our best ball. That's disappointing for me personally because for big games I just knew we would step up big, but we didn't do that on Sunday."

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