Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich told PPG beat writer Ed Bouchette that he’s shooting for a return to play against Tennessee, the second game of the season. I think that is a little optimistic on Leftwich\'s part. I would look for a return against his former team, Tampa.
Left cornerback Bryant McFadden returned to practice on Monday and likely will start Sunday against the Falcons. McFadden has been out since injuring his pectoral muscle against the Giants in preseason.
Mark Madden is finally getting around to commenting on the Ben Roethlisberger suspension length compared to that of other players around the league. At least he is not reporting that another player has a broken arm.
Running back Rashard Mendenhall needs 25-30 touches in order for the Steelers to beat the Falcons says PPG columnist Ron Cook. I wouldn\'t go that far with Dennis Dixon being a quarterback that can use his legs. 20 touches would likely be the magic number though with a few pony carries mixed in for Isaac Redman.
Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson says he would have much rather see the stationary Charlie Batch this Sunday as opposed to the athletic Dennis Dixon at quarterback for the Steelers.
The Steelers formally announced on Monday that former Steelers tight end Mark Bruener has been added to the team’s scouting department, where he will serve as a college scout. Bruener had been around training camp interning at the same position.