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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Leftwich will start if Roethlisberger can't

By Jamison Hensley


PITTSBURGH -- Even though Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't rule out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the prospects of Roethlisberger playing against the Ravens on Sunday don't look promising. If Roethlisberger can't play with his sprained shoulder, Byron Leftwich will be the starting quarterback, Tomlin said Tuesday.

Leftwich, 32, hasn't started a game since Sept. 27, 2009, when he was with the Buccaneers. The last time Leftwich won a game as a starter was six years ago. He has lost his last six starts.

On Monday night, Leftwich completed 7 of 14 passes for 73 yards in nearly one full half of work. Of his 73 yards, 53 of them came on two passes -- third-down throws to Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders.

"I felt that people were moving faster than me when I first got out there," Leftwich said. "After about three or four plays, I got into a rhythm."

Overall, Leftwich looked like a quarterback who hadn't played since 2010 and hadn't worked with the first-team offense since the end of training camp.

Asked about Leftwich's rustiness, Tomlin said Tuesday, "I’m not overly concerned about it as I sit here today. If he is the guy, he’ll get a great opportunity to prepare. We’ll expect him to play winning football."