The Steelers have yet to decide if Hines Ward’s time with the team has expired, but if they do opt to move on, they’ll have a built-in excuse.

Okay, they aren’t likely to use Ward’s reckless driving plea as a reason for his departure, but it’s now on the table.

Ward pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reckless driving charge, while copping no contest to a charge of failing to maintain a lane.

The good news is that Ward avoids a potential DUI and puts the saga to bed. The bad news is that he was sentenced to 12 months probation, 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine. Ward makes $5 million per year, so to put that in real-world terms, that would be like a man who makes $50,000 a year being fined 20 bucks.

Still, Ward’s DUI arrest in July was baffling, and will forever serve as a black mark on his otherwise sparkling off-field reputation.