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leftwich injury described as "serious"


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by steve wyche

the atlanta journal-constitution

published on: 10/22/07

falcons quarterback byron leftwich had an mri exam on his lower right leg today, and although the nature of the injury he suffered in atlanta's 22-16 loss to the saints sunday was not disclosed, coach bobby petrino indicated leftwich does not appear to be out for the season.

"i'm hoping byron's on a timetable that he's back at some point," petrino said.

the injury, called after the game as a high ankle injury, was serious, petrino said. no timetable was provided about his possible return. petrino did not sound as optimistic about left tackle renardo foster, who suffered a left knee injury late in the game.

foster, an undrafted rookie from louisville, was making his second start for wayne gandy, who suffered a season-ending knee injury three weeks ago.

"neither one of them looked good on film," petrino said about the injuries to leftwich and foster. "when you watched the video this morning, again, not good. both of them had mri [exams] this morning. i'll get together with medical staff this afternoon."

it is unknown if the falcons will release details of both players' injuries today.

leftwich, who signed a free agent contract with the falcons roughly a month ago, made his first start and had guided atlanta to a 13-7 halftime lead following his 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver roddy white near the end of the second quarter.

he got hurt during the falcons first possession of the third quarter when he was hit by saints end will smith after an incomplete pass attempt. joey harrington, who was benched after starting the first six games, replaced leftwich but could not guide atlanta (1-6) to a much-needed victory.

leftwich wore a hard walking boot and had to use crutches to get around after the game.

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