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Steelers minicamp notes

PITTSBURGH--The Steelers wrapped up their second day of mandatory minicamp Saturday.

Here are several notes to pass along:

  • Things remained status quo for the Steelers at quarterback: Byron Leftwich remains on the first team, while Dennis Dixon is the backup. Chances are, Leftwich and Dixon will compete in training camp until Ben Roethlisberger returns from his suspension. But the Steelers have made it pretty clear that Leftwich has the first shot to win the job.

  • I have some good news to pass along to Cleveland Browns fans. I talked to Dixon in the locker room Saturday about fellow Oregon alum and Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward, and Dixon vouched that he's a good player. Cleveland took Ward in the second round, which many draft experts considered a reach. In addition to going to the same college, Dixon said he also played against Ward in high school in California. "He can definitely hit," Dixon said. "He's known for that."

  • Steelers Pro Bowl outside linebacker James Harrison rejoined the team Saturday after missing Friday's minicamp due to a death in the family.

  • Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden, who was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Arizona Cardinals, confirmed to the AFC North blog that Pittsburgh worked out an extension with him through the 2012 season. NFL.com first reported the story earlier this week.