Leftwich not worried about losing snaps in camp
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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Byron Leftwich, who most likely will fill in as the starter for the suspended Ben Roethlisberger for the first month of the season, isn't worried if his preseason snaps are cut while the Steelers prepare their quarterbacks. "It is good to get as much as you can, but at the same time, if I was a younger quarterback I think it would be much different," said Leftwich, who is entering his eighth year. "I have been through a lot of preseason games and I don't think it is as hard as some people say it is (getting ready)." Today, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will decide who gets the start at quarterback in Saturday's preseason opener against Detroit at Heinz Field.

Fullback Frank Summers was never hurt in high school or college, but last year's fifth-round pick out of UNLV has spent the majority of his first year or so in the NFL hurt. Summers missed 14 games his rookie year with a back injury that required surgery and missed six practices this camp with a concussion. "It is something that you have to deal with," Summers said. "What's good for me is that it is still early in camp." Summer has returned for the past three practices and has taken a lot of first-team reps at fullback.

The Steelers hosted five amputees from the Walter Reed Medical Center located in Washington, D.C. Aaron Smith, Antwaan Randle El, James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Heath Miller and Chris Kemoeatu, among others, greeted the veterans after practice to sign autographs.