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Dixon gets Steelers starting assignment

Sept. 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Dennis Dixon will get the starting quarterback nod for the Pittsburgh Steelers at the beginning of Ben Roethlisberger's suspension, the team said Monday.

Dixon, who started one game last season, got the assignment after Roethlisberger received a four-game suspension due to sexual misconduct allegations and Byron Leftwich injured his knee.

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Steelers head Coach Mike Tomlin was faced with a choice between Dixon and longtime backup Charlie Batch.

"Dennis has had a very productive preseason and training camp," Tomlin told reporters Monday. "He wedged himself into a battle and got some first team reps in some preseason games. Largely, we've been very impressed with how he's handling himself and the situation."

Leftwich was pegged as the starter for Sunday's season opener against Atlanta but sprained a knee ligament in the Steelers' last preseason game.

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