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Ward apologizes for being a 'distraction'

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers team captain and veteran receiver Hines Ward had a guilty conscience Wednesday.

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All that the throng of Pittsburgh media wanted to discuss in the locker room was Ward's controversial comments toward quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and not the 3-8 Oakland Raiders.

"I apologized to the team today for even having to [answer] questions about this," Ward said. "That was never my intention. I don’t want to be a distraction."

In a television interview with NBC and the rest of the media afterward, Ward questioned the decision to sit Roethlisberger (concussion) one day before Pittsburgh's 20-17 overtime loss to the rival Baltimore Ravens.

Ward said some of his comments were blown out of proportion, but it’s his fault for not taking the time to take his emotions out of it. The Steelers are on a three-game losing streak, and the surprise benching of Roethlisberger only heightened the frustrations.

Ward said everything is ironed out and his relationship with Roethlisberger is fine.

"We talked," Ward said. "I’m not going to get into what was specifically said. But the issue has been resolved."