It’s a good day for Steelers fans. First, Big Ben’s suspension was reduced by Roger Goodell from six games to four games as expected. This is great for the Steelers because he’ll be allowed to practice with the team during their bye week and be prepared when he returns to action against Cleveland.

 

The Steelers also got good news on the injury front when what was feared to be a torn MCL turned out to be a sprained MCL meaning Leftwich could possibly play in some of the games that Big Ben misses. Dennis Dixon is still favored to start Week 1 against Atlanta.

 

Meanwhile, the Browns were not as lucky as Montario Hardesty tore his ACL according to Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Football Injury News

3 September 2010

 

Here’s a look at some of the injury situations around the league as the preseason wrapped up.

 

  • Jerome Harrison owners have to be breathing a little easier after Montario Hardesty injured his left knee in last night’s preseason against the Bears. Fortunately for Hardesty owners it’s not the right knee that had been bothering him earlier in camp. James Davis was also walking gingerly on the sidelines, although it doesn’t appear to be serious.
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  • Reports that Michael Bush up to a quarter of the season or more according to Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonaldn can’t sit well with Bush owners. This is great news for Darren McFadden, who will get a chance to prove himself, and the owners who have faith in Run DMC.
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  • Beanie Wells owners appear to have survived a scare as he avoided a serious knee injury in Arizona’s final preseason tune-up against Washington. Given Beanie’s track record with injuries, this is a little discouraging, but assuming he practices feel free to roll with him against St. Louis in Week 1. If you haven’t drafted yet, you may want to bump Tim Hightower up a few notches just in case.
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  • The Steelers don’t have to worry about keeping their QB plans for the season opener under wraps as Byron Leftwich suffered a knee (MCL) injury. Looks like it’s Dennis Dixon time in the Steel City.
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  • Laurence Maroney finally played some preseason snaps rushing for 32 yards on nine carries against the Giants. As usual the Patriots’ RB situation is something to avoid, but Maroney is the guy I’d take in fantasy drafts.
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  • Marshawn Lynch returned to action as well, racking up two yards on five carries. He’ll be the backup to C.J. Spiller in the opener (assuming Fred Jackson can go), and return to third string (if he’s not moved) when Jackson returns.
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  • Correll Buckhalter returned to action for the Broncos. He only gained three yards on three carries, but I can tell you first hand from being in the stands that he looked really good on a 15 yard swing catch. He is in a RBBC with Knowshon Moreno, but should be a serviceable option at RB2 or the flex spot during bye weeks.
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Bucs sign Bryon Leftwich

12 April 2009

It’s almost like Chucky never left Tampa as the Bucs added another QB to the mix.  According to ESPN’s Michael Smith, the seven-year QB signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay. 

Leftwich appeared in five games with Pittsburgh last year registering a 104.3 passer rating.  He completed 21 of 36 passes (58.3%) for 303 yards.  He had a pair of TD strikes without an INT.  He has a career passer rating of 80.3, and has completed 842 of 1438 attempts (58.6%) with 54 TDs and 38 INTs.  He has added 378 yards and 9 TDs on the ground.

Leftwich will compete for the starting job along with Josh McCown, Brian Griese, and Josh Johnson.  Many draft experts were predicting that the Bucs would draft a QB (namely Kansas State’s Josh Freeman) with the 19th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.  My guess is they’ll look to add a top LB to replace Derrick Brooks, who they released earlier this year.


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