Byron Leftwich returns to Steelers

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The Steelers and quarterback Byron Leftwich have come to terms on a one-year contract, reuniting him with veteran Charlie Batch behind starter Ben Roethlisberger.

Batch signed a one-year contract with the team two weeks ago. Both backups were unrestricted free agents as is another, Dennis Dixon, who is not expected to resign with the Steelers.

Leftwich has spent three seasons with the Steelers, 2008, 20010 and 2011. However, he spent all of last season on injured reserve and played in only one game in 2010, the last of the season.

He was scheduled to start the first four games of the 2010 season when Roethlisberger was suspended, but a knee injury in the final preseason game put him out of commission and Batch and Dixon shared those four starts.

Last season, he again was to be the No. 1 backup until his left arm was broken in the preseason and he was placed on injured reserve.

Leftwich, who played at Marshall University, was the seventh player drafted overall in 2003 and quickly became a starter for the Jacksonville jaguars. The Jaguars released him in 2007 and he played that season for Atlanta before signing a one-year contract in 2008 with the Steelers. He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2009 but returned to the Steelers in 2010.

Over his career, Leftwich has started 49 games and passed for 10,260 yards and 58 touchdowns. Steelers - breaking

First Published April 26, 2012 10:30 PM


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