Sounds Like The Steelers Have Already Found Their Roethlisberger Replacement

Ben Roethlisberger will serve at least a four-game suspension to start the 2010 season if not longer. The decision to replace was expected to come down to Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it's becoming clear who the leader of the Roethlisberger-less Steelers will be.

Dennis Dixon has not practiced with the first team and it has become obvious Byron Leftwich will open the season as the starting quarterback. With the return of Roethlisbeger this week, Dixon has gotten more snaps and was No. 2 Thursday, but Leftwich ran the first team since minicamp April 30 until Roethlisberger's arrival Tuesday.

Leftwich has more experience than Dixon so if it's just for the short-term, he probably makes the most sense. Even if Leftwich plays well, it's hard to think Roethlisberger won't be the starter upon his return.

For more on the Steelers, check out SB Nation's Behind The Steel Curtain.

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