Wednesday Morning's Practice

Hines Ward returned to practice for the first time with the Steelers Wednesday morning after ending his 15-day contract holdout.

Ward looked sharp catching the ball, but admitted his timing was off somewhat afterward. Ward also spent about 15 minutes after practice running by himself and catching passes from teammate Sean Morey.

The four-time Pro Bowl receiver said he expects to play Saturday when the Steelers host Miami in their second preseason game.

Cedrick Wilson lined up with Ward when the first-team offense was on the field. I guess even Bill Cowher couldn't overlook the fact that Wilson has badly outplayed Antwaan Randle El.

Charlie Batch looked sharp this morning, tossing touchdown passes to Jerame Tuman on a nice post pattern where Batch threw the ball low where only Tuman could catch it.

He then made what may be his best throw of camp to Wilson in the back corner of the end zone, dropping the ball over three defenders into Wilson's outstretched arms.

Lee Mays and Walter Young returned to practice for the first time in a week and a half. Both receivers had been out nursing hamstring injuries.

Rookie Fred Gibson, however, was out. Gibson said he injured his shoulder diving for a pass by Batch in the third quarter Monday night.

Kimo von Oelhoffen was also sitting out Wednesday, as was corner Vontez Duff.

In addition, corners Ricardo Colclough and Bryant McFadden both appeared to suffer minor leg injuries of some type midway through practice and did not return. Colclough's injury is likely a flare-up of his previous hip flexor problem.

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