Tomlin rolling with Dixon at QB

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PITTSBURGH -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media Tuesday and said Dennis Dixon will start at quarterback Sunday against Tennessee, while updating the health of Byron Leftwich and Max Starks.

The situation concerning the quarterback position could become muddled as early as this week. Tomlin said Leftwich should practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a sprained knee ligament in the team's last preseason game.

Leftwich was set to be the starter in place of a suspended Ben Roethlisberger.

The news was good for Starks, who was rumoured to be out up to a month with a severe high ankle sprain. Tomlin clarified Tuesday to say Starks had a low ankle sprain and could see action on Sunday.

"I saw him this morning, he appears to be doing better, he might be able to do something the latter part of the week and make himself available to us in this football game," Tomlin said of Starks' status for the Titans matchup.

Pittsburgh's starting left tackle, Starks was on crutches and in a walking boot after having his left ankle rolled during the fourth quarter of last week's overtime win versus Atlanta. Jonathan Scott is expected to get the start if Starks can't go.

Defensive tackle Casey Hampton suffered a hamstring injury in the opener and his status is also in question for Sunday. Chris Hoke would be expected to replace Hampton in the starting lineup.


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