The Pittsburgh Steelers offseason started without Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger is under suspension due to off the field issues regarding a recent law suit. He has been the leader of this team for years. The Steelers needed to make the offseason acquisition of Byron Leftwich, as they will have to wait for Roethlisberger to return. He will be cleared to begin working out with the team again though as the offseason progresses.
At the mini camp, Byron Leftwich was present. He is expected by many to be the starting quarterback. Last season Dennis Dixon filled in for Roethlisberger and at camp the Steelers coaches seemed to be very open to giving him more playing time this season until Roethlisberger returns.
Football odds favorite, Maurkice Pouncey, a center from Florida, took part in the recent mini camp. Pouncey looked good and should be a big help to their offensive line. It looks like he may end up playing in the guard position in the NFL. Leftwich is not known for being a mobile quarterback and will need a good line in front of him to succeed in his time as the starting quarterback.
Some of the biggest news for the Steelers involves wide receiver Limas Sweed. Sweed ruptured his Achilles tendon during mini camp and will be out of the lineup for 4-6 months. It is expected that he will return to the lineup early in the season. He may miss the first few games.
The Steelers have a lot of question marks at this point of the offseason with their quarterbacks, but things look good overall in camp.
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