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mesaSteeler
09-15-2010, 11:25 PM
Leftwich practices on limited basis
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_699720.html
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Quarterback Byron Leftwich practiced Wednesday for the first time since spraining his left knee Sept. 2, albeit on a limited basis.

Leftwich, who had been slated to start while Ben Roethlisberger serves a four-game suspension, is doing everything he can to return to the playing field.

That includes wearing a knee brace if that is what it takes to get medical clearance.

"You work out all year for these Sundays, and you're only guaranteed 16 of them, so not to make it out there, that's what makes it tough," Leftwich said. "But you understand in this game that those things happen."

Leftwich, who got a second opinion on his knee after hurting it in the Steelers' final preseason game, said it is too early to tell if he will be healthy enough to dress Sunday against the Titans.

"I feel like I heal fast, but I don't know that I'm that fast of a healer," Leftwich said, "but we'll see."

Starting nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) did not practice yesterday, and his status for Sunday's 1 p.m. game is in question. Wide receiver Arnaz Battle (knee) did not practice, while outside linebacker Jason Worilds (shoulder) was limited in drills. Wide receiver Hines Ward, inside linebacker James Farrior and defensive ends Aaron Smith and Nick Eason were all given practice off. For the Titans, defensive end William Hayes (knee) and offensive tackle Mike Otto (knee) did not practice yesterday because of injuries. Defensive tackle Tony Brown was given the day off.

In need of help on special teams, the Titans signed former Steelers linebacker Patrick Bailey and former Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw after final cuts were made in early September. Bailey excelled on special teams in 2008-09 for the Steelers. Shaw set a Bears single-season record in special teams tackles (30) in 2009. "I know it wasn't an easy decision for the Steelers to give up a player like Patrick that can play special teams like he can," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.