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Pittsburgh Steelers working out Brian Hoyer

The Pittsburgh Steelers could be without quarterback Byron Leftwich, who suffered shoulder and rib injuries on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, which means the Steelers are turning to the free agent markets for quarterbacks to fill in until Leftwich and usual starter Ben Roethlisberger return.

Update: the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal.

Former solid Steelers backup Dennis Dixon was released by the team in a poor decision by the franchise, and he turned down a move to workout with the Steelers. Dixon, a former standout with the Oregon Ducks, is currently on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, and I completely understand why he turned down the deal.

The Steelers are working out former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was a somewhat surprising cut from the 53-man roster in the offseason. Hoyer was horrible in the preseason, though, and isn’t a good downfield passer at all. However, he is a quality backup and has terrific accuracy on short and intermediate throws. Hoyer has worked out for the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants as well.

Mike Kafka is the better option of the two and has worked out for the Patriots at one point since being released by the Philadelphia Eagles after breaking his hand in the preseason. The Eagles really should have held on to Kafka, who is also a very accurate QB but also possesses slightly better arm strength than Hoyer.

The highest profile player getting a workout from the Pittsburgh Steelers is Plaxico Burress, who had a surprise workout with the New England Patriots in the offseason in order for the Pats to get a gauge on where he fit on the emergency list.

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