Steelers WR Hines Ward dropped in for a chat on “NFL Total Access” on Wednesday, and it turned out to be more informative than most offseason chats.
Ward briefly discussed QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, saying the former needs to address the team about his offseason incident with a Georgia college student, while everyone inside the locker room expects the latter to begin the season as the starter.
Ward said Roethlisberger hasn’t addressed the Steelers as a whole, but he expects it will happen — and also that it’s needed.
“A lot of players really don’t know the situation, other than what we hear in the news or the media,” Ward explained. “I think when he addresses the whole team going into training camp, we can all put it behind us and move forward.”
As for Leftwich, coach Mike Tomlin has alluded to, but not formally announced, that the veteran will replace the suspended Roethlisberger as the starter to begin the season. Ward echoed that sentiment, saying the team is entering the season thinking Leftwich is the starter.