QB Leftwich returns to Steelers

Quarterback Byron Leftwich has re-signed with the Pittsburgh

Steelers after being released to create a roster spot for a

defensive lineman.

Leftwich, who may start Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay, was let go

Saturday in a procedural move so Steve McLendon could be activated

for the Tennessee game. McLendon had a fumble recovery during the

Steelers’ 19-11 victory, but was released Monday so Leftwich could

return.

Leftwich was expected to start throughout quarterback Ben

Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension, only to his sprain his left

knee in the Steelers’ final preseason game Sept. 2. He hasn’t

played since.