Here are some thoughts on Ward's arrest:
This was a surprisingly irresponsible move by Ward, who is 35 and has been a consummate professional with the Steelers. Ward is entering his 14th season and has stayed out of trouble during his career. Ward recently gained a lot of popularity for his success winning "Dancing With The Stars." Now, his name is in the news for the wrong reasons.
It's too early to speculate whether the NFL will come down on Ward. The league is in the middle of a lockout and may look into Ward's case once it reaches a new collective bargaining agreement. Ward does not have prior off-the-field incidents, which helps his case.
For the third year in a row, the Steelers fail to make it through the offseason without an off-the-filed incident involving a star player. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault two years in a row in 2009 and 2010. This year Ward is being charged for driving under the influence. Ward's situation does not compare to Roethlisberger's, but it still puts a bad light on the Steelers and their team captain.