Byron Leftwich was supposed to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup in Pittsburgh this year, but it looks like the Steelers are going to have to find somebody else to be their No. 2 quarterback for the time being.
Mike Tomlin told the assembled media after Saturday’s preseason win against the Falcons that Leftwich had broken his arm. As Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder pointed out, the injury occurred after Leftwich took off on a run and landed awkwardly on his left arm. He screamed in pain and left the field.
Assuming Leftwich is out for a while, it looks like Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon -- who previously had been battling for the No. 3 quarterback spot -- very well could make the team together.
You might recall that Leftwich was supposed to start the first four games of last season, while Roethlisberger served his suspension, but he injured his leg in the final preseason game and missed out on his opportunity. Looks like Leftwich is having the same problem now.
"We've gone through this several times over the last few years," said Tomlin, who also watched as Batch suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in the 2008 preseason. “It’s going to be a factor here moving forward.”