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Steelers’ Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

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(Credits: Tom E. Puskar/AP)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward pleaded guilty to reckless driving charges in exchange for having his DUI charge against him dropped on Wednesday.

DeKalb Prosecutor Sonja N. Brown said the 35-year-old wide receiver pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was given one year of probation. Ward was also fined $2,000 and he must do 80 hours of community service.

Ward was arrested in the wee hours of the morning July 9 after he failed to maintain his lane and hit a curb.

Getting a lesser punishment wasn’t a sign of special treatment for Ward, who had no prior DUI arrests.

This incident doesn’t make matters any better as far as his future is concerned in the Steel City. The Steelers, who are roughly $11 million over the salary cap, have to make a decision on Ward before March 13, the day they have to be under the cap. Ward is scheduled to make $4 million in 2012.