FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ Just as Byron Leftwich was
celebrating his increased practice time with the Atlanta Falcons,
the quarterback left the field Thursday after twisting his right
For Leftwich, it's a painfully familiar story.
Leftwich missed 15 games with injuries the last two years with
the Jacksonville Jaguars, including 10 games with a bad ankle.
Leftwich said today's injury is not serious. And it's not the
same ankle that shut down his 2006 season.
The quarterback said it is a minor sprain, and Falcons' medical
staff didn't want him to do anything further to it.
Leftwich said X-rays on the ankle were negative.
He said he would see how it feels in the morning.
Coach Bobby Petrino says Leftwich has moved up to Number Two on
the depth chart behind starter Joey Harrington.
Leftwich, who was released by the Jaguars late in the preseason,
signed with Atlanta on September 18th and made his first appearance
in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
Leftwich was only 2-of-8 passing for 28 yards with an
interception in the relief role against the Titans.
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