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Byron Leftwich | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/14/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Marshall
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Free agent Byron Leftwich isn't expected back with the Steelers.
Fellow free agent Charlie Batch, 38, is expected to return on a one-year deal and hold down the fort until a younger, developmental quarterback is in place. One name that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions as a possibility in the middle rounds of the draft is Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert. Sun, Mar 3, 2013 10:15:00 AM

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GM Kevin Colbert said he will explore drafting a quarterback "above the late rounds" to serve as Ben Roethlisberger's backup.

When Roethlisberger went down this year, the Steelers were left with fossils Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch. Both of them are free agents and not expected back. We wouldn't be surprised if Colbert uses a Day 2 pick on a developmental quarterback that can grow behind Big Ben, who is just 30 years old but has missed eight games over the last three seasons.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Although Byron Leftwich (ribs) is now healthy, Charlie Batch will remain the No. 2 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers are rewarding Batch for his strong play in an upset win over Baltimore two weeks ago. Leftwich, 32, is a free agent in 2013. The Steelers need to find a backup with more durability behind Roethlisberger.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 03:43:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Byron Leftwich (ribs) is not an option to start Week 14 versus the Chargers.

"There won't be many opportunities for Byron (Leftwich) to prove that he is getting healthy even though he is," said Tomlin. The Steelers are preparing Charlie Batch to start while giving backup Brian Hoyer's reps to Ben Roethlisberger, who will be given a chance to show that he's ready to return.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 01:37:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Byron Leftwich sustained multiple rib fractures in Sunday night's loss to the Ravens.

Leftwich won't play in Sunday's game at Cleveland and Ben Roethlisberger (ribs, shoulder) is "doubtful" at best. That leaves Charlie Batch as the Steelers' Week 12 starter. Leftwich's season isn't over, but we've likely seen him take his last snap as a Steeler. By the time he's healthy, Big Ben should be back under center.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:23:00 PM

ESPN reports Byron Leftwich fractured two ribs in Sunday's loss, and is unlikely to start in Week 12.

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports he's also dealing with a shoulder injury. Leftwich was in obvious pain throughout Sunday's loss, but third-stringer Charlie Batch never even took off his coat. NBC's Cris Collinsworth cracked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't seem to care about Leftwich's blatant discomfort. Leftwich's noted arm strength was majorly diminished by the fourth quarter, however, and it would be shocking if he played in Week 12. Now the Steelers need to find someone to back-up Batch. Batch started one game in 2011, leading the Steelers past the Rams. Seemingly hurt every time an opportunity arises to play, Leftwich is unlikely to be back with the Steelers in 2013.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 03:27:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are concerned Byron Leftwich (ribs) will be "out for a while," and will work out quarterbacks this week.

With Ben Roethlisberger (ribs, shoulder) not expected to be ready for Week 12, Leftwich's injury leaves heirloom Charlie Batch as the Steelers' only healthy quarterback. Perhaps Pittsburgh will give old standby Dennis Dixon a call. Even if Leftwich is healthy for Week 12, he can't be trusted as a QB2.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Byron Leftwich downplayed his rib and shoulder injury after Sunday's game, insisting that he's "OK."

Leftwich suffered the injury when he stumbled and fell in the end zone on his opening-drive 31-yard touchdown. "Leftwich was hurt pretty much the whole game," safety Ryan Clark said. "We couldn't make a play for him." The injury clearly inhibited Leftwich from throwing beyond 30-40 yards late in the game. Coach Mike Tomlin gave no indication after the game that he's considering Charlie Batch as his Week 12 starter.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 02:19:00 AM

Byron Leftwich completed 18-of-39 passes for 201 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception in Pittsburgh's Week 11 loss to the Ravens.

With his throwing motion remaining longer than a Lord of the Rings movie, Leftwich was slowed even further by an apparent rib or shoulder injury. He winced throughout an effort that saw him struggle to challenge downfield, and could barely heave the ball longer than 30 yards by the Steelers' final drive. The league's biggest statue this side of Michelangelo's David, Leftwich's biggest play ironically came with his feet, where he capped off Pittsburgh's opening series with a 31-yard touchdown run. There was little excitement after that, however. Leftwich's health and effectiveness will both be reasons for the Steelers to consider turning to third-stringer Charlie Batch in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 11:53:00 PM

Steelers OC Todd Haley will cater the offense to suit Byron Leftwich's strengths this week versus the Ravens.

"This is why I make the point every time you all say 'Haley's offense,' it's not my offense," said Haley. "We're going to do things to cater to the strength of our players." Haley is right not to have Leftwich running Big Ben's quick-passing attack, but we're not sure what Lefty's strengths are at this point. Conventional wisdom says he excels at the deep ball, but he's been one of the least efficient vertical passers in the league over the past half-decade.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 01:47:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Byron Leftwich will start versus the Ravens in Week 11 if Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is held out.

There's sentiment in Pittsburgh that Charlie Batch's significantly quicker release is a better fit for Todd Haley's short passing attack, but Tomlin is sticking with his No. 2 quarterback. Leftwich put a hurting on the production of Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Heath Miller Monday night, averaging just 5.2 yards on 14 passes. The Steelers fantasy players are in for a severe downgrade for Week 11.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 02:46:00 PM

Byron Leftwich completed just 7-of-14 passes for 73 yards after replacing Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) early in the third quarter of Monday night's Week 10 overtime win.

Leftwich has one of the longest deliveries among NFL quarterbacks, and it was painfully obvious when Pittsburgh dialed up multiple screen passes. Big Ben left the stadium and was taken to a local hospital with a "non-traditional, unique" shoulder injury, so his Week 11 outlook seems bleak. Leftwich hasn't started a game in nearly three years but may very well be under center next week at home against the Ravens. He has a cannon of a right arm, but with Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles') aiming for a return, Pittsburgh could employ a heavy rushing attack. If Leftwich gets the start, he's obviously not a fantasy option.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 12:30:00 AM

Byron Leftwich is listed as the second-team quarterback on the Steelers' first official depth chart.

As expected. Although Leftwich missed the entire 2011 season due to a fractured arm, he returns ahead of Charlie Batch. Leftwich, now 32, hasn't started a game 2009 while with the Bucs.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:27:00 AM

Steelers agreed to terms with QB Byron Leftwich.

The Steelers re-signed Charlie Batch earlier this month, but Leftwich should be returning as Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Leftwich has attempted just seven passes the past two seasons, and landed on injured last September following ankle surgery. Batch and Troy Smith should duke it out for No. 3 duties in camp.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 07:29:00 PM

The Colts are reportedly interested in signing free agent QB Byron Leftwich as a tutor for Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.

New coordinator Bruce Arians wants Leftwich, well-versed in the offensive scheme, to show the No. 1 overall pick the ropes. Leftwich would like to return to Pittsburgh, but the Steelers' salary cap issues have held up a signing. Drew Stanton would drop to No. 3 on the depth chart if Leftwich signs in Indy.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 01:21:00 PM

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2B.J. Coleman
3Chandler Harnish
4Josh Portis
5David Carr
6Rex Grossman
7Vince Young
8Brady Quinn
9Kevin Kolb
10Caleb Hanie
11Tim Tebow
12Curtis Painter
13John Skelton
14Mike Kafka
15Keith Wenning
16Brad Sorensen
17Seth Lobato
18Logan Kilgore
19Chase Rettig
20Tommy Rees
21Brock Jensen
22Jordan Rodgers
23Bryn Renner
24Brendon Kay
25Brett Smith
26James Franklin
27Pat White
28Trent Edwards
29Jerrod Johnson
30Adam Weber
31John Parker Wilson
32Nick Stephens
33G.J. Kinne
34Alex Tanney
35Tyler Wilson
36Ryan Katz
37Colby Cameron
38Kyle Padron
39James Vandenberg
40Mike Hermann
41Nathan Stanley
42Dalton Williams
43Matt Brown
44Caleb TerBush
45Tim Jenkins
46Dayne Crist
47Tajh Boyd
48Nate Enderle
49Collin Klein
50Rusty Smith
51Keith Price
52Alex Carder
53Kory Faulkner
RB1Michael Turner
2Brandon Jackson
3D.J. Ware
4Ryan Torain
5Ben Tate
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Jamie Harper
9Jalen Parmele
10BenJarvus Green-Ellis
11Chris Rainey
12Darrin Reaves
13Stephen Houston
14D.J. Harper
15Tim Cornett
16Terrance Ganaway
17Alvester Alexander
18Alex Green
19Brandon Saine
20Jewel Hampton
21Zach Brown
22Jeff Demps
23Spencer Ware
24Lance Ball
25Evan Royster
26Isaac Redman
27Dion Lewis
28Mikel Leshoure
29Ray Rice
30Michael Bush
31Delone Carter
32Anthony Allen
33Damien Berry
34Richard Murphy
35William Powell
36Javarris James
37Josh Vaughan
38Darren Evans
39Cierre Wood
40Stefphon Jefferson
41Michael Hill
42Ronnie Wingo
43Kendall Gaskins
44Deonte Williams
45Bradley Randle
46Quentin Hines
47De'Leon Eskridge
48Armond Smith
49Tauren Poole
50Edwin Baker
51David Fluellen
52Roy Finch
53Tim Flanders
54Jordan Lynch
55George Atkinson III
56Terrance Cobb
57Dominique Williams
58Jordan Roberts
59Orwin Smith
60Kapri Bibbs
61Derrick Strozier
62Demitrius Bronson
GLB1Michael Turner
2Ryan Torain
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
5Ben Tate
3RB1D.J. Ware
2Beanie Wells
3Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Kiero Small
11Ray Agnew
12Stephen Campbell
13J.C. Copeland
14Chad Young
15Kadeem Jones
16Maurice Hagens
17Roosevelt Nix
18Evan Rodriguez
19Braden Wilson
20Zach Boren
21Lonnie Pryor
22Jordan Campbell
23Ben Bartholomew
24Ina Liaina
25Collin Mooney
26Toben Opurum
27Quinn Johnson
28Harvey Unga
29Owen Marecic
30Shaun Chapas
31Dorson Boyce
32Eric Kettani
33Owen Schmitt
34Brian Leonard
35Greg Jones
36James Baker
37Jon Hoese
38Ben Guidugli
39Eddie Williams
40Cameron White
41Jourdan Brooks
42Alex Debniak
43Ryan Roberson
44Jonathan Amosa
45Rupert Bryan
46Devonte Campbell
47Michael Zordich
48Emil Igwenagu
49Nate Eachus
50Karl Williams
51Chad Abram
52Ryan D'Imperio
53Nikita Whitlock
54Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Michael Preston
7Joe Morgan
8Darius Johnson
9Julian Talley
10Kevin Hardy
11Tim Benford
12LaRon Byrd
13Greg Childs
14Lamont Bryant
15Keenan Davis
16Taulib Ikharo
17Kain Colter
18Erik Lora
19Freddie Martino
20Terrence Toliver
21Ryan Whalen
22Jamar Newsome
23Damian Williams
24Devery Henderson
25Richard Goodman
26Ben Obomanu
27Matt Willis
28Lavelle Hawkins
29Brett Swain
30Chaz Schilens
31Brian Robiskie
32Tiquan Underwood
33Charly Martin
34Johnathan Haggerty
35Naaman Roosevelt
36Emmanuel Arceneaux
37Kerry Taylor
38Javontee Herndon
39Donte Foster
40Jonathan Krause
41Colin Lockett
42Travis Labhart
43Seth Roberts
44Chandler Jones
45Marcus Lucas
46Robby Toma
47Carlin Isles
48Will Murphy
49Jeremy Kelley
50Sederrick Cunningham
51Jordan White
52Chris Summers
53Marcus Jackson
54Derek Moye
55Kamar Jorden
56Nicholas Johnson
57Zach Rogers
58Josh Lenz
59Dan Buckner
60Roy Roundtree
61Skye Dawson
62Chad Bumphis
63Terrell Sinkfield
64Jheranie Boyd
65Eric Rogers
66Erik Highsmith
67Tyrone Goard
68Mark Harrison
69Cole McKenzie
70Jamal Miles
71Rashad Evans
72Brandon Carswell
73Joseph Anderson
74Sam McGuffie
75Bert Reed
76Jeremy Ebert
77T.J. Moe
78Jasper Collins
79Rashaad Carter
80Chip Reeves
81Demetrius Fields
82Scott Pillar
83Mike Davis
84Cody Hoffman
85Kadron Boone
86Torrence Allen
87Quintin Payton
88Wilson Van Hooser
89C.J. Goodwin
90Andrew Peacock
91Kevin Smith
92LaQuan Williams
93Diondre Borel
94Mardy Gilyard
95Jon Baldwin
96Chastin West
97Julius Pruitt
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Jerome Simpson
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Donald Jones
8Clyde Gates
9Austin Pettis
10Kealoha Pilares
11Brandon Banks
12Raymond Radway
13Eric Page
14Earl Bennett
15Jordan Shipley
16Jacoby Ford
17Mohamed Massaquoi
18Micheal Spurlock
19Steve Breaston
20Chris Givens
21Darius Hanks
22Da'Rick Rogers
23Aaron Mellette
24Robert Gill
25Uzoma Nwachukwu
26Myles White
27Donte' Stallworth
28Isaiah Burse
29Willie Snead
30Greg Hardin
31Eric Thomas
32Charles Hawkins
33Alex Gillett
34Fred Williams
35Dominique Croom
36Emory Blake
37Jeremy Gallon
38Ryan Lankford
39L'Damian Washington
40Lacoltan Bester
41Chris Matthews
42Michael Jenkins
43Devin Aromashodu
44Nick Williams
45Lanear Sampson
46Alec Lemon
47Lamaar Thomas
48Martel Moore
49Nicholas Edwards
50Chris Harper
51Brandon Collins
52Tray Session
53David Douglas
54Dale Moss
55David Ball
56David Reed
57Jarett Dillard
58Dezmon Briscoe
59Tim Toone
60Jeff Fuller
61Isaiah Williams
62Duke Calhoun
63Roberto Wallace
64Bobby Sewall
65Ronald Johnson
66Tori Gurley
67Joe Adams
68Devon Wylie
69Marvin McNutt
70Terrence Austin
71Early Doucet
72Deon Butler
73Darius Reynaud
74Devin Goda
75Kevin Elliott
76Jared Green
77Mike Willie
78Michael Calvin
79Taveon Rogers
80Andrew DePaola
81James Shaw
82Brandon Kaufman
83Perez Ashford
84Rodrick Rumble
85Ryan Spadola
86Jerry Johnson
87Omarius Hines
88Gerrard Sheppard
89Andy Cruse
90Anthony Amos
91R.J. Webb
92Andrew Helmick
93Patrick Crayton
94Jordan Harris
95Anthony McClung
96Kelsey Pope
97Chris Boyd
98Jason Thompson
99Weston Dressler
100Tony Washington
101Jaz Reynolds
102Austin Franklin
103Micah Hatfield
104Alex Neutz
105Geraldo Boldewijn
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Davone Bess
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Aaron Hernandez
9Mickey Shuler
10D.J. Williams
11Daniel Graham
12Billy Bajema
13Jamie Childers
14Marcel Jensen
15Tommy Gallarda
16David Paulson
17Sean McGrath
18Andrew Szczerba
19Steve Watson
20Matt Furstenburg
21Ben Cotton
22David Rolf
23Nelson Rosario
24Jake Byrne
25Mike McNeill
26Hayden Smith
27D.J. Tialavea
28Justin Jones
29Asa Watson
30Jordan Thompson
31Jacob Pedersen
32Joe Sawyer
33Emmanuel Ogbuehi
34Evan Wilson
35Joel Dreessen
36Martin Rucker
37Cameron Morrah
38Dan Gronkowski
39Zach Potter
40Colin Cloherty
41Weslye Saunders
42Jeron Mastrud
43Dominique Curry
44Konrad Reuland
45Allen Reisner
46Dedrick Epps
47Tom Crabtree
48Brody Eldridge
49Nate Byham
50Ben Hartsock
51Visanthe Shiancoe
52Jamie McCoy
53Nathan Overbay
54Michael Higgins
55Alex Silvestro
56Martell Webb
57Evan Moore
58Travis Beckum
59Richard Quinn
60Jake O'Connell
61Isaiah Stanback
62Jake Murphy
63Morrell Presley
64Jerome Cunningham
65Jason Schepler
66Chase Clement
67Adam Schiltz
68A.C. Leonard
69Erik Swoope
70Chase Dixon
71Rob Blanchflower
72Joe Don Duncan
73Brian Wozniak
74David Wright
75Andre Hardy
76Cameron Graham
77Tim Biere
78Evan Landi
79Taylor Cook
80Colin Anderson
81Travis Tannahill
K1Nate Freese
2Maikon Bonani
3Billy Cundiff
4Rob Bironas
5Alex Henery
6Travis Coons
7Chris Boswell
8Michael Palardy
9Sergio Castillo
10Mitch Ewald
11Kevin Goessling
12Matt Szymanski
13Giorgio Tavecchio
14Derek Dimke
15Danny Hrapmann
16Brandon Bogotay
17Havard Rugland
18Austin Signor
19Morgan Lineberry
20Quinn Sharp
21Brett Baer
22Brett Maher
23Jose Maltos
24Adam Yates
25Zach Ramirez
26Zach Hocker
27Carey Spear