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MRI shows damage to Leftwich's MCL, conflicting reports on severity

Multiple media outlets are reporting that an MRI showed Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich has damage to the MCL in his left knee that will likely keep him out for at least the regular-season opener.

But there are conflicting reports on the severity of the injury.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Leftwich has a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament and hasn’t completely ruled out being able to play in Week One, while Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Leftwich “apparently tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee,” and that he’ll have to miss all four of the games he would have started during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension.

Until we hear more from the Steelers, we’re not sure whether to believe Mortensen’s more optimistic report, or the report from Brown that refers to Leftwich’s injury as the “worst possible scenario in a preseason game.”

But even the more optimistic report from Mortensen referred to Leftwich’s chances of playing in Week One as “not likely.”

And so it appears that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will now have to choose between Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon as his Week One starter.

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12 Responses to “MRI shows damage to Leftwich's MCL, conflicting reports on severity”
  1. Deb says: Sep 3, 2010 12:09 PM

    Is that the same Chris Mortensen who told us Joey Porter had played his last game with the Dolphins … right before he went back on the field for the Dolphins? Used to love Mort, but he hasn’t been on top of his game the last couple of years. Hope he’s right, but not banking on it.
    Free Charlie!!!!!!!!
    Has anyone called Jeff Garcia? Charges were dropped against Mike Tomczak, right?
    I’d set my hair on fire before I’d call O’Donnell.
    Is Kurt Warner dead set on this dancing thing?

  2. Ravens Fan says: Sep 3, 2010 12:22 PM

    Well that sucks. Oh well Squeeler fans, you wanted a rapist on your team, so this is what happens.
    Also is Tomlin in his first year head coaching or 4th year? Knowing you have a rapist, who can’t play the first 4 weeks of the season, you put your starter in the 4th pre-season game? Why? What are you trying to prove? You’re an idiot? I would say mission accomplished Tomlin. Too bad Squeeler fans.

  3. stiller43 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:27 PM

    With 15ish passes including rollouts, about 5-10 scrambles a game from Dixon, along with an OK running game and Steeler defense, they should at least make it 2-2 until Ben returns.

  4. Jack in the Jack says: Sep 3, 2010 12:29 PM

    Leftwich can have his linemen take him down the field after every completed pass and he’ll be fine. Hey, Fat Albert, rub some dirt on it!

  5. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Sep 3, 2010 12:34 PM

    At this rate, I’d say Antwaan Randle El will be starting for the Smelters by week 3.

  6. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Sep 3, 2010 12:36 PM

    …and I love how someone with a murderer on their team can talk about karma.

  7. DanRooney says: Sep 3, 2010 12:38 PM

    @Ravens Fan
    The rapist is 4-0 against the murderer in the last 2 years. Poor team just can’t win against him. I blame Flacco being a poor man’s Trent Dilfer.
    Speaking of bad karma, didn’t murderer #2 suffer a broken foot a few weeks back?

  8. tommy_the_k says: Sep 3, 2010 1:00 PM

    Steelers will now go 2-2 until Big Bend returns, then they’ll go 4-8.

  9. tk1966 says: Sep 3, 2010 1:04 PM

    Ravens Fan says:
    September 3, 2010 12:22 PM
    Well that sucks. Oh well Squeeler fans, you wanted a rapist on your team, so this is what happens.
    Also is Tomlin in his first year head coaching or 4th year? Knowing you have a rapist, who can’t play the first 4 weeks of the season, you put your starter in the 4th pre-season game? Why? What are you trying to prove? You’re an idiot? I would say mission accomplished Tomlin. Too bad Squeeler fans.
    ________________________________
    Rapist comment. Check.
    Call team “Squeelers”. Check.
    Badmouth coach. Check.
    Thats a trifecta folks.
    Too bad not one was either original or particularly creative.
    Maybe when you get back from recess your teacher can let you on the computer so you can try again.

  10. Jack Burton says: Sep 3, 2010 1:17 PM

    You put in C-Batch and you might as well start Dixon and avoid probably injury, he’ll literaly get taken apart behind that offensive line. Quit living in the past, this isn’t the C-Batch of old, he’s fragile like Samuel L. from Unbreakable.

  11. FloriosHairHat says: Sep 3, 2010 1:24 PM

    Ravens Fan says: September 3, 2010 12:22 PM
    “Well that sucks. Oh well Squeeler fans, you wanted a rapist on your team, so this is what happens. ”
    Kill two people in Baltimore and you’ll get a street named after you. Classy.
    /chortle

  12. Philly says: Sep 3, 2010 5:54 PM

    I hear Matt Leinart’s available…..better grab him before the rush……..he’d look great in black and gold!

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