Steelers Release QB Byron Leftwich, Sign DT Steve McLendon From Practice Squad

The Steelers needed an extra defensive line body for Sunday with nose tackle Casey Hampton ruled out against the Titans this week so they promoted defensive tackle Steve McLendon from the practice squad and released quarterback Byron Leftwich to make room on the 53 man roster. McLendon will be active on Sunday and will likely back up Chris Hoke in the lineup. McLendon will have a short stay on the roster as Leftwich reportedly will be re-signed next week according to reports. The move also means that reserve lineman Ramon Foster will likely be inactive on Sunday.