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Leftwich goes through first practice with Steelers, could play Thursday

Updated: August 11, 2008, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LATROBE, Pa. -- Byron Leftwich waited nine months to get back on the practice field. Now that he's done that, his first NFL action is likely only days away.

Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the quarterback brought in to replace injured backup Charlie Batch impressed during his first two practices with the team on Monday, so much that coach Mike Tomlin said "it looks like he'll be able to play" Thursday when the team plays the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

"I was impressed ...

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