Dixon to start opener

It was a busy day for the Steelers, who practiced, named their starting quarterback, set a practice squad, elected captains, and hired a scout.

If you took off Labor Day to enjoy the holiday, you came back home to find the Pittsburgh Steelers got plenty of work done.

After Monday's practice, Coach Mike Tomlin announced that third-year pro Dennis Dixon will start at quarterback in place of the injured Byron Leftwich and the suspended Ben Roethlisberger.

Here's what Tomlin had to say about Dixon:

"Dennis has had a very productive preseason and training camp. He went into the training camp ... as a young guy second in the pecking order behind Byron Leftwich. He did a nice job. He made it extremely competitive. 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 handled himself and the situation." The Steelers also set their practice squad with the following eight players: TE Eugene Bright, C-G Dorian Brooks, S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, WR Tyler Grisham, OT Kyle Jolly, NT Steve McLendon, RB Frank Summers and DE Doug Worthington.

Elected captains by the team were Hine Ward and Heath Miller on offense, James Farrior on defense, and Keyaron Fox on special teams.

The Steelers officially announced that Mark Bruener has been added to the team's scouting department, where he'll serve as a college scout.

Bruener played tight end with the Steelers for nine seasons (1995-03) after being drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He finished his playing career with the Houston Texans from 2004-08. Bruener spent this past summer interning with the Steelers' scouting department during training camp.

Finally, the Steelers announced three rookie number changes: CB Crezdon Butler will wear No. 28; RB Jonathan Dwyer will wear No. 27; and LB Stevenson Sylvester will wear No. 55.


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