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Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: August 28, 2011 11:28 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Pittsburgh Steelers, despite rolling past Atlanta 34-16 on Saturday, suffered some pretty big injuries in their third preseason game. Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh's backup quarterback, suffered a broken arm against the Falcons and more importantly, Maurkice Pouncey, the team's starting center, injured his left ankle against Atlanta.

Pouncey's injury is obviously more of an immediate concern because he's, you know, starting. But the good news is that it's just a sprained ankle, even if it's the same injury he dealt with at the Super Bowl last year.

"Yes," Tomlin said about it being the same, much-talked-about injury from 2010. "Sometimes you break up scar tissue on an existing injury. It’s very painful with a lot of discomfort, but nothing long term."

Pouncey's reportedly good to go for Week 1 and given that he's got nearly two weeks until the September 11 opener, that doesn't really seem like a stretch. But for anyone who forgot all the attention that Pouncey's ankle got for two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, you may get a quick reminder if this injury keeps cropping up throughout the season.

Not so much for Leftwich -- he's likely only to be the focal point for a few days, given that he's likely going to miss the entire season with the broken arm suffered Saturday night.

"We've gone through this several times over the last few years," said Mike Tomlin about Leftwich's injury. “It’s going to be a factor here moving forward."

Moving forward will heavily involve Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon should the nightmare scenario of Ben Roethlisberger suffering an injury occur. You'll recall that Dixon previously requested a trade and then rescinded such a request.

The two backups were scheduled to fight it out for the third-string quarterback gig, but now both should be locked onto the roster.

Of course, last season with Roethlsberger suspended and Leftwich hurt, Batch stepped right in and helped keep the Steelers afloat til Ben returned.

But that doesn't mean the Steelers want that to happen. And the biggest fear of these two injuries combined is that with Pouncey's ankle busted up, Pittsburgh's that much closer to seeing Roethlisberger take a hit that'll bring Batch into the game.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?



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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Troy, however, is married. Having watched him play and give interviews for his entire NFL career, I have seen no indications of homosexuality on his part, "blatant" or otherwise. Perhaps you have some firsthand knowledge of homosexual activity, because it would not appear blatant to any other observer, heterosexual or homosexual like yourself.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Hines Ward is not married. Are you implying that he beats other people's wives? From the volume of your Steeler hatred (jealousy), one might conclude that he "hit" your wife, and not in the domestic abuse sense.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Brilliant, your intelligence and incredible wit shine through in nearly every word you type.  "Ben takethefurburger", hilarious.  Did you think that up all on your own? If only every poster was as funny and brilliant as you these boards would be so much more fun and illuminating.  Does every Philadelphia fan have as much class and mind bending ability to make the written word bend to their will as you?  I would have had to think for hours to come up with something so eloquent and poetic....you must be a genius.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:49 am
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Wow what a bummer for Byron Leftwich.  He has had some bad luck.  It's almost like he was on a Madden cover.  Get better Byron.

The Steelers will be fine.  Charlie Batch is not that bad and Dennis Dixon has shown some talent in the past. There will be some other backup quarterbacks available after the cuts if they think they need more.

Maurkice Pouncey's injury does not sound bad.  Hope he stays healthy this year. He was a great story last year.




Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:43 am
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Wow what a bummer for Byron Leftwich.  He has had some bad luck.  It's almost like he was on a Madden cover.  Get better Byron.

The Steelers will be fine.  Charlie Batch is not that bad and Dennis Dixon has shown some talent in the past. There will be some other backup quarterbacks available after the cuts if they think they need more.

Maurkice Pouncey's injury does not sound bad.  Hope he stays healthy this year. He was a great story last year.



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