PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 25: Byron Leftwich #4 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on September 2 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Byron Leftwich Released By Steelers

Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich has left the game with an apparent knee injury.

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Steelers Release Byron Leftwich, May Re-Sign Him Next Week

Pro Football Talk notes that the Steelers have released Byron Leftwich, likely to elevate another player from the practice squad onto their active roster.

PFT further speculates that this is just a matter of rearranging a roster, because Leftwich could re-sign with the Steelers before Week 3 and lose no pay in the process.

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Byron Leftwich Has Partially Torn MCL; Dennis Dixon Likely To Start Week 1 For Steelers

The Steelers quarterback situation just got a lot more dicey: ESPN is reporting that Byron Leftwich has a second-degree sprain of the MCL, which is a partial tear of the knee ligament.

Leftwich was projected to be the Steelers’ starting QB for the first quarter of the season with Ben Roethlisberger serving a four-game suspension (more on Roethlisberger’s suspension here). The injury will most certainly keep Leftwich from playing Week 1, and will likely sideline him for longer than that. This would leave Pittsburgh with Dennis Dixon to potentially start the team’s first four games of the season.

Leftwich injured the knee during the Steelers’ final preseason game against the Panthers on Thursday night.

For more on this development, checked out SB Nation Pittsburgh and Behind the Steel Curtain.

Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension being reduced on Friday to four

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Steelers Quarterback Byron Leftwich Leaves Game With Left Knee Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich left the Steelers preseason game against the Panthers with a left knee injury and did not return.

Leftwich is assumed to be the starting quarterback for the games that Ben Roethlisberger will be out while serving his suspension at the beginning of the season. Dennis Dixon, who would most likely be the next in line if Leftwich was ruled out of Sunday's game, came in and threw a 23 yard touchdown strike to rookie receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

The Steelers also have veteran quarterback Charlie Batch on the roster.

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