Steelers’ Ward sustains concussion against Pats

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward sustained a concussion attempting to make a catch in the first quarter against New England on Sunday night, ending his streak of 186 consecutive games with at least one reception.

The streak was the Steelers’ longest and the third-longest in NFL history.

Ward was hurt while being hit by Patrick Chung and James Sanders on what was initially ruled a 6-yard catch on Pittsburgh’s third possession. Sanders’ helmet appeared to strike Ward’s helmet.

Ward stumbled while being helped off the field. During the break between quarters, the Patriots challenged the completion and it was overturned because Ward did not maintain possession as he struck the ground. The final play of the quarter was then replayed.

Ward was the fourth Steelers player to get a concussion in a week. Will Allen, Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman were hurt in the Monday night game against Cincinnati. Allen did not play Sunday night.

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