Steelers trade for Leftwich

The Steelers traded a seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay for quarterback Byron Leftwich ...

... who backed up Ben Roethlisberger in the 2008 season. Leftwich is expected to help fill the void when Roethlisberger is suspended by the league this week.

The NFL also released the Steelers' 2010 season. They're scheduled to play in five prime-time games this season, including three in a row from Oct. 31 through Nov. 14.

Here's the team's 2010 schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 12 – Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19 – at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3 – Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Bye Week

Sunday, Oct. 17 – Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24 – at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 31 – at New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 8 – at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 14 – New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 21 – Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28 – at Buffalo Bills, 1p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5 – at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 12 – Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19 – New York Jets, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23 – Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 2 – at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

The most difficult four-game stretch of the season begins Oct. 24 in Miami, and follows with successive road games at New Orleans and Cincinnati. The rare three-game road trip is followed by a Sunday night home game against New England.

Another note: Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets will return to Pittsburgh on Dec. 19 for the Steelers' only scheduled late-afternoon game of the season. The Steelers are scheduled to play 10 games at 1 p.m. on Sundays this season.

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