Leftwich Likely to Sign With Falcons Today

Quarterback Byron Leftwich is scheduled to undergo a physical for the Atlanta Falcons this morning and likely will sign with the team if all goes well.

Leftwich remained in Atlanta after meeting Monday night with Falcons officials. The Falcons are winless after two games and are in desperate need of help at quarterback with former starter Michael Vick suspended indefinitely by the NFL after pleading guilty in a federal dogfighting case.

The Falcons totaled 10 points and allowed 13 sacks in their first two games with Joey Harrington as their starter. During his news conference Monday, first-year coach Bobby Petrino said that Harrington, the failed former starter of the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins signed by the Falcons in the offseason to back up Vick, was playing too cautiously.

"Right now Joey's playing a little bit conservative, playing not to throw the interception," Petrino said. "Therefore it's causing him to hold the ball. He just needs to open it up, play with confidence and play to go win the game."

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Leftwich, 27, before the season when Coach Jack Del Rio decided to go with David Garrard as the club's starter. With the Falcons, the former first-round draft choice likely will begin as the third quarterback behind Harrington and Chris Redman but perhaps could be given a chance to win the starting job at some point if Harrington continues to struggle.

Leftwich, from H.D. Woodson High in D.C., was plagued by injuries and played only 17 games in his last two seasons for the Jaguars. The Baltimore Ravens considered signing Leftwich after he was released by the Jaguars, but abandoned the plan when they signed Kyle Boller to a contract extension.

By Mark Maske |  September 18, 2007; 9:26 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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