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Leftwich is ready to roll

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 16, 2012 – 2:23 pm

Quarterback Byron Leftwich said he is ready to roll on Sunday night against the Ravens after getting in three solid days of practice this week.

“I feel good,” said Leftwich. “I feel like I got more reps with the guys. I feel as though I am ready to roll. This is our last big day and now it’s time to do what you have to do and get ready to roll Sunday night.”

Leftwich is excited about the opportunity to start for the injured Ben Roethlisberger, and knows that the closer it gets to game time the more amped up he will be.

“The butterflies will come around Sunday, but that is a good thing,” said Leftwich. “I am excited. We all understand the importance of this football game. We are going to do what we have to do and try to get one more point than them.”

The Steelers will be without wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), and Roethlisberger (right shoulder), but there is good news as well.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who practiced all week, is listed as probable and is expected to play.

“It’s been feeling good,” said Mendenhall. “I will just continue to grow off of that. We are just taking it a day at a time.”

Mendenhall expects the running backs to share playing time on Sunday night, and said that he doesn’t feel at all limited in what he can do.

“I wouldn’t step out there if that was the case,” said Mendenhall. “I feel good where I am. I want to continue to build on that and see what happens.”

Fellow running back Isaac Redman likes having all three backs, himself, Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer healthy, especially for such a key AFC North match-up.

“I think all three of us are going to play and keep it rolling and keep a fresh running back out there all of time,” said Redman. “We are going to try to pound them and keep a fresh running back out there.”

Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) is questionable for the game, while cornerback Curtis Brown (quadriceps), safety Ryan Clark (concussion), defensive end Brett Keisel (shoulder), tackle Max Starks (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (illness) are all probable.

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19 Responses to “Leftwich is ready to roll”

  1. By myminc4 on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Good luck to all of you, O Guys, both protecting & scoring for QB Byron “1 more point than them (Ravens)” this Sunday night! Hurrah!

  2. By Mike O on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry to hear about Big Ben’s (Troy too) injury. We lost Ray L . and several others to injuries. Never want to wish that on anyone/ any team. I’m from Balto. but live in Virginia (an old Balto. Colt fan) who now roots (Hard Core) for the Raven’s. Byron always gives the Ravens; to fit! I’ll cuss if the Raven’s lose, however may the better team win. When it’s all over, I’m rooting for the AFC North….the toughest division in the NFL. Hopefully, one of them will go all the way!!

    PS: Love this new home site/page..it’s easy to navigate. Raven’s have an easy page/site too!!

  3. By Jim on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    It’s too bad that Ben got hurt last week.
    In such a big game as Baltimore is, I’m certain he wish he could be in it.
    With two of the best players for the Steelers out (Ben and Troy), it seems doubtful Pittsburgh will prevail over Baltimore
    Also, Pittsburgh and Baltimore plays twice in 3 weeks.
    Whoever drew up that in the schedule this year just was not thinking.
    Any two teams in the division should not play twice that close together.
    It’s too bad that sometimes injuries dictates who wins the division and move on in the playoffs to the Super Bowl.

  4. By steelermuscle on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mike O, you are a class act, always odd seeing opposing fan, on our page, nice post and again true example of a classy fan, cant wish your team any luck, but enjoy the game and have a nice weekend

  5. By steelermuscle on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Mike O, you are a class act. Always odd seeing an opposing fan on our sites, nice post and cant wish your team any luck, but wont wish any injuries either, enjoy your weekend and enjoy watching the game, take it easy.

  6. By Judy R on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    In response to Mike O above : So glad to see a die-hard fan be fair and sportsman-like. As a die-hard Steelers fan I love to see the Ravens lose, but love the rivalry and do not like to see injuries. I would love to see Ray Lewis have a great year before he retires, but it may not be… May the best team win :D

  7. By Mikey Newman on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mike O, you are a class person. sorry abouy Ray Lewis, he always makes our rivalery very interesting to say the least. Go AFC North, and may the good lord be a Steelers fan on Sunday Nite!!!

  8. By brian little on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    i have been a die hard steelers fan since the day i was born! i know we have alot of injuries, but we have enough weapons to destroy those sorry ravens! i have total faith in byron leftwich. big ben, troy, and other injured players, GET WELL SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By mandy on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    I really love to see all the sportsmanship being displayed! It makes a great game even better when people behave with respect for others while cheering on there team. I hope players on all teams health and happiness!! Go Steelers!!!!

  10. By Sully on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    It’s good see Real sportsman say good things. It will be a tough game for both teams. Also already said do NOT wish any long term injuries to anyone. It is a good rivalry. I am a die hard STEELERS fan and hope that the Steelers can pull it off. All I can say is lets see what happens tomorrow night. I’m sure it will be one hell of a game. I hoping to see Troy back sometime. We sure do miss him on “D”.

  11. By randy on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    go steelers whoop those ravens butt without big ben and troy and show them who we really are… go steelers!

  12. By Gerardo VN on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Good luck all of you. You work hard all this season for next sunday at Raven´s. You are champions now, you did the work.and I belive on you. Go Steelers!

  13. By Andy V on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Come on Lefty!!!

  14. By butti green on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    if steelers can run the balll and o line protect byron, we should be fine .and yes mike o u r a class act and not a hater like so many people are. because as judy r said i am also a die hard steelers fan i have all the respect for the ravens and the players health as well

  15. By JCOLIN on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    go steelers, remember whats the meanning for the three stars on that legendariuos shield… good luck…

  16. By Alan Riehl on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Tomlin has kept the integrity of the Steeler’s mantra: “No one person is bigger than the Steelers”. People aren’t giving the Steelers a chance because no one else practices this mantra. We have a defense and our offensive line has improved. we have a team and we will beat the Ravens.

  17. By Kathleen on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    This is such a pivotal game and to have Ben out is definitely going to change things, but I believe the Steelers always adapt as will need be. I am a true believer that a quarterback alone a team does not make….all the players are imperative to getting the game won. Wish our injured guys were all back in the game, that would be amazing. Hang in there and I wish for no further injuries for either side. GO STEELERS!

  18. By pittsburgh patti on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Let the facts speak for themselves…..there is no other team in the whole history of the NFL to outrank the steelers in superbowl titles!!!!!! ..how can anyone dispute irrefutable evidence like THAT?????…. suffice to say, the Pittsburgh Steelers take playing football to a ” WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL”…..time after time after time….i am proud to be born and bred in steeler country…….GOOOO STEELERS…!!!!!!!!

  19. By pittsburgh patti on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Fact: no other team in NFL history holds more superbowl titles than the steelers…..the evidence is IRREFUTABLE…they take playing football to a whole “different level”…proud to be a pittsburgh native..GO STEELERS!!

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