PITTSBURGH --The Steelers' preseason favorite to win the starting quarterback job entered the locker room Wednesday with a slight limp and a heavy brace. Still, Byron Leftwich was in good spirits after recently suffering a left medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
Leftwich"The knee is a little sore, but it is what it is," Leftwich said. "I'm feeling good ... It's moving better than I thought it would. I never hurt my knee before, so I didn’t know what to expect."
Leftwich thought he was fine when he initially suffered the injury. Then Leftwich tried to get up and said his knee didn't feel right. He's projected to be out two to four weeks. But Leftwich didn't provide a timetable and even playfully hinted he might be healthy enough to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
"It's disappointing because I may miss this one. See how I left myself a chance?" Leftwich said laughing.
This week will be Dennis Dixon's show against Atlanta. Leftwich and veteran Charlie Batch plan to help Dixon as much as they can from the sidelines, as the Steelers try to win games without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
After coming so close to winning the job, it's up in the air whether Leftwich will get a chance to start this season before Roethlisberger returns. Leftwich was brought over in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be a veteran presence.
"What we do for a living, sometimes these things happen," Leftwich said of his injury. "It happened to me, and it's something I'll deal with and something I'll get better from."