The AFC North teams are scheduled to play in Baltimore in Week 1, if the lockout is lifted, and Ravens running back Ray Rice and Steelers safety Ryan Clark exchanged tweets on Saturday after Rice reacted to Ward's arrest on the social media website.
Rice began the brief exchange by posting on his Twitter account: "Well it looks like Hines Ward will miss week 1 when the lockout ends DUI charge not a good look."
Clark responded: "So glad you could Weigh in. Thx," which drew this reaction from Rice: "it's whatever u wanna do bro you know how to find me."
Clark assured Rice that he will find him in Week 1, assuming the months-long NFL lockout ends and Week 1 games are played as scheduled.
"I hear ya brother.Thought we were all better than that. Wouldnt speak negative of you. I'll find you!It's not hard. God bless," he wrote.
Clark has delivered hard hits to Ravens players before. In the 2009 AFC Championship Game, he knocked Ravens running back Willis McGahee out of the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit that left the Steelers safety groggy.
The two players stopped exchanging tweets after that, but Clark answered a tweet from one of his followers by writing, "I support Hines to the fullest. I believe his name will be cleared in the end. A great player and better man!"
Ward was arrested early Saturday in Georgia and charged with driving under the influence. His marketing agent and attorney, Andrew Ree, released a statement Saturday afternoon saying that "we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving. However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction."
Rice, whose cousin was killed by a drunken driver in 1998, helped the state of Maryland kick off its "Operation Checkpoint" campaign against drunken driving last August.