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."