Don't be alarmed by Leftwich's release

September, 18, 2010
9/18/10
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Don't worry, Steeler Nation. There's nothing to see here.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move that looked like a big deal Saturday night, but it's really insignificant. Quarterback Byron Leftwich was released less than 24 hours before Pittsburgh's Week 2 game against the Tennessee Titans.

The Steelers needed a roster spot after Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game. Leftwich is the emergency quarterback and working his way back from a MCL injury. He will return to the 53-man roster without a hitch on Monday.

Pittsburgh signed defensive lineman Steve McLendon to bolster the Steelers' thin defensive line. Perhaps the only thing Leftwich missed out on was a trip to Music City USA this weekend.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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