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  Cardinals | Byron Leftwich promoted    Fri Oct 19, 11:18 AM

Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich was promoted to offensive coordinator Friday, Oct. 19.

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  Cardinals | Byron Leftwich given high praise    Tue Jan 31, 03:34 PM

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians believes new quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich will be a head coach in the NFL someday. Arians added that he had tried to recruit Leftwich into coaching since Leftwich retired.

Footballguys view: Leftwich was known for his toughness and competitiveness as a player, so anyone he coaches should respond to that. He was also fearless in the pocket, always willing take a hit to deliver the ball, so his style meshes well with Arians' vertical passing philosophy.

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  Cardinals | Arizona makes coaching staff changes    Fri Jan 27, 04:11 PM

Former NFL QB Byron Leftwich will join the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff as the quarterbacks coach, according to a source. Quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens will be replacing assistant coach Stump Mitchell as the running backs coach because Mitchell has left the team.

Footballguys view: Leftwich was a tough quarterback who had no problem going deep. That sounds about like what Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians demands of the position.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich not expected to return    Sun Mar 3, 11:13 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent QB Byron Leftwich this offseason.

Footballguys view: It looks like the Steelers are choosing Charlie Batch over Leftwich to be the primary backup behind Ben Roethlisberger.

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  Steelers | Two unlikely to be brought back    Fri Feb 8, 08:56 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to get younger on the offensive line and at backup quarterback, which means the team is unlikely to bring back impending free agents QB Byron Leftwich and OT Max Starks.

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  Vikings | Looking for backup QB options    Mon Jan 21, 06:23 PM

The Minnesota Vikings will be looking for quarterbacks to compete with QB Joe Webb to the backup position for QB Christian Ponder this offseason. Free-agent QBs Derek Anderson (Panthers), Matt Moore (Dolphins), David Carr (Giants), Matt Leinart (Raiders), Byron Leftwich (Steelers), Bruce Gradkowski (Bengals), Jason Campbell (Bears) and Rex Grossman (Redskins) are options.

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  Steelers | Expected to re-sign one of their backup QBs     Wed Jan 9, 12:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to re-sign either impending free-agent QB Charlie Batch or QB Byron Leftwich this offseason to be their No. 2 QB.

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  Steelers | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 30, 11:34 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Alameda Ta'amu, QB Byron Leftwich, CB Curtis Brown, WR David Gilreath, CB Justin King, DL Loni Fangupo, LB Marshall McFadden inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: The Steelers generally play their top-line players for the whole week 17 game regardless of what's on the line. They are one of the better offenses to use from those that aren't trying to earn a playoff spot or better seeding today.

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  Steelers | Week 16 Inactives    Sun Dec 23, 11:47 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared LB Adrian Robinson, DL Al Woods, QB Byron Leftwich, CB Ike Taylor, CB Justin King, OT Mike X. Adams, WR Plaxico Burress inactive for Week 16.

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  Steelers | Week 15 Inactives    Sun Dec 16, 03:02 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Al Woods, QB Byron Leftwich, CB Cortez Allen, CB Ike Taylor, OT Mike X. Adams, WR Plaxico Burress, OG Willie Colon inactive for Week 15.

Footballguys view: Burress had played a role for the Steelers after his signing, but he is back to being inactive with the Steelers WR corps getting healthier. The secondary is depleted, so the Cowboys passing game should have a strong day.

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  Steelers | Week 14 Inactives    Sun Dec 9, 11:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Al Woods, QB Byron Leftwich, CB Ike Taylor, OG John Malecki, LB LaMarr Woodley, OT Mike X. Adams, RB Rashard Mendenhall inactive for Week 14.

Footballguys view: Mendenhall is a healthy scratch for the second straight week, which is a pretty clear signal that he won't be in Pittsburgh in 2013.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich questionable    Fri Dec 7, 03:08 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is questionable for Week 14.

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  Steelers | Six miss practice    Thu Dec 6, 05:22 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams (ankle), P Drew Butler (illness), S Ryan Clark (hip), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) and LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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  Steelers | Three fully practice     Wed Dec 5, 05:45 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), FB Will Johnson (concussion) and WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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  Steelers | Week 13 Inactives    Sun Dec 2, 03:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared QB Ben Roethlisberger, QB Byron Leftwich, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, WR Jerricho Cotchery, LB LaMarr Woodley, OT Mike X. Adams, RB Rashard Mendenhall inactive for Week 13.

Footballguys view: Mendenhall was not only demoted to number three running back, he was demoted to a healthy scratch. He can be dropped in all but the deepest of leagues.

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  Steelers | Three ruled out    Fri Nov 30, 02:10 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle) did not practice Friday, Nov. 30, and are out for Week 13.

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  Steelers | Five miss practice    Thu Nov 29, 05:26 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams (ankle), OT Willie Colon (knee), DT Casey Hampton (illness), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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  Steelers | Four miss practice    Wed Nov 28, 04:11 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams (ankle), OT Willie Colon (knee), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), OT Max Starks (back) and LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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  Steelers | Week 12 Inactives    Sun Nov 25, 11:32 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared WR Antonio Brown, QB Ben Roethlisberger, QB Byron Leftwich, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, WR Jerricho Cotchery, OT Marcus Gilbert, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 12.

Footballguys view: Brown was close to playing this week, but the Steelers have chosen to rest him for one more week. Ben Roethlisberger could start in week 13, but it's Charlie Batch this week.

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  Steelers | Four out    Fri Nov 23, 02:04 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder), WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) didn't practice all week and are out for Week 12.

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  Steelers | Five miss practice     Thu Nov 22, 01:57 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, rib), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 22, and will not play in Week 12.

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  Steelers | Five miss practice    Wed Nov 21, 06:35 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Ziggy Hood (back), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and S Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich suffered injury early     Wed Nov 21, 01:35 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) said he injured his ribs in the first quarter of the team's Week 11 game, but stayed in the game because the injury did not affect his throwing.

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  Steelers | Two ruled out    Tue Nov 20, 05:18 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) are ruled out for Week 12, but head coach Mike Tomlin doesn't think either player will miss the rest of the season.

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  Steelers | Charlie Batch to start Week 12    Tue Nov 20, 02:10 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that QB Charlie Batch will start in Week 12. Batch has a 5-2 record in subbing for Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) through the years.

Footballguys view: Both Roethlisberger and QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) are out indefinitely because of their rib injuries. Batch is a solid veteran but we're expecting the Steelers to emphasize their ground game more without Roethlisberger.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich injury update    Mon Nov 19, 03:24 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) fractured two ribs in the Steelers Week 11 game and is unlikely to play in Week 12.

Footballguys view: We'll see Charlie Batch as the Steelers starting QB this week. Pittsburgh is on the road against division rival Cleveland in week 12.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich could miss some time     Mon Nov 19, 01:09 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers fear QB Byron Leftwich (rib, shoulder) will be out for a while with injuries suffered in Week 11. QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, rib) is doubtful for Week 12, so the team is expected to work out quarterbacks this week.

Footballguys view: The team could always turn to Charlie Batch to be their starter if Leftwich can't play.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich injury update     Mon Nov 19, 09:21 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (shoulder, rib) suffered shoulder and rib injuries in Week 11. 'He sustained some hits, but that's football, particularly when you're talking about this matchup,' head coach Mike Tomlin said. 'He did a nice job of communicating where he was.' Some of Leftwich's teammates recalled that he kept telling everyone he was fine, and Leftwich himself repeated 'I'm OK' four times to reporters after the game.

Footballguys view: It's unusual the Steelers used Leftwich on rollouts against the Ravens on Sunday night. He's one of the most immobile QBs in the league and not that accurate on the run.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich gets medical attention in win    Sun Nov 18, 11:43 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (rib) was tended to by the medical staff on the sidelined in the fourth quarter of the Week 11 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He was able to finish the game, ending up completing 18 of his 39 passes for 201 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He did account for the team's only touchdown when he scored on a 31-yard scamper in the first quarter.

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  Steelers | Offense will have subtle changes     Thu Nov 15, 03:38 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the offense will have subtle changes with QB Byron Leftwich starting Week 11. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said the offense will adapt to Leftwich's strengths.

Footballguys view: We think the team will have fewer short routes because of Leftwich's elongated throwing motion. The team should also feature the ground game more without Ben Roethlisberger in the lineup.

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  Steelers | Is Byron Leftwich a good fit?    Wed Nov 14, 10:36 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich does not appear to be a good fit for offensive coordinator Todd Haley's scheme. The system relies on short and quick passes, while Leftwich is someone who doesn't get rid of the ball quickly. The team is confident, however, that the offense won't have to change with Leftwich starting.

Footballguys view: Quick screens and short passes don't work as well with a QB that has an elongated motion like Leftwich. His throwing motion takes so long you could time it with a sun dial. We'll see more of an emphasis on the ground game going forward while Roethlisberger is out.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger officially ruled out     Wed Nov 14, 08:33 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) is out for Week 11 and QB Byron Leftwich will get the start. The team is not taking any chances with Roethlisberger, deciding to sit him.

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  Steelers | More on Ben Roethlisberger    Tue Nov 13, 04:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is dealing with a sternoclavicular sprain in his shoulder, which is an uncommon and painful injury. It's the same injury that forced former QB Brett Favre to end his streak of 297 straight games played. A sternoclavicular sprain involves ligament damage to the joint connecting the breastbone and collarbone, and normal recovery time is typically three weeks to multiple months.

Footballguys view: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said QB Byron Leftwich will receive the majority of snaps in practice this week. We expect Leftwich to start against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger will miss time for birth of son    Tue Nov 13, 02:13 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he will leave the team to be with his wife when the couples' first child is born. There is a chance his son could be born Nov. 18 or Nov. 25 when the team plays the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, respectively. QB Byron Leftwich will start in his place if Roethlisberger has to miss a game.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger unlikely to play this week    Tue Nov 13, 01:32 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready to play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

Footballguys view: This means Byron Leftwich will get the start against the Ravens.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich fills in during OT win    Tue Nov 13, 12:10 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich entered the Week 10 game Monday, Nov. 12, against the Kansas City Chiefs for the injured QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder). Leftwich completed seven of his 14 pass attempts for 73 yards, leading his team to a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter.

Footballguys view: Leftwich has a throwing motion so slow it can be timed with a sun dial, yet Steelers OC Todd Haley kept calling quick screens. The veteran QB was largely ineffective but was able to help the Steelers get the win.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger leaves stadium    Mon Nov 12, 11:06 PM

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) left Heinz Field in the second half of the Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs to have his injured right shoulder further evaluated. QB Byron Leftwich replaced him under center.

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  Steelers | Four players probable for Week 3    Fri Sep 21, 07:03 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (illness), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), TE Heath Miller (ribs) and OT Marcus Gilbert (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 21, and are listed as probable for Week 3.

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  Steelers | Five miss practice    Thu Sep 20, 07:07 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams (back), LB James Harrison (knee), QB Byron Leftwich (illness), TE Heath Miller (abdomen) and S Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 20.

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  Steelers | QB rotation set for third preseason game    Thu Aug 23, 01:22 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will receive the most snaps during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25. QBs Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch will also play in the game, but QB Jerrod Johnson will sit out the game.

Footballguys view: Week three of the preseason is essentially a dress rehearsal for the regular season. The Steelers are unlikely to keep four QBs, but Johnson could help his chances of making the practice squad with a strong performance in week four.

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  Steelers | Charlie Batch will be No. 2 QB in preseason game    Sun Aug 19, 01:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch will replace QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19, after sitting out the first preseason game. QB Byron Leftwich will sit out the game after playing in the first preseason game.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich listed as No. 2 QB    Mon Aug 6, 01:59 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich is listed as the No. 2 quarterback over QB Charlie Batch on the first depth chart of the preseason.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich agrees to terms    Thu Apr 26, 07:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Byron Leftwich (Steelers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Steelers | Three FAs could return    Mon Mar 26, 02:09 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in re-signing QBs Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch as well as RB Mewelde Moore this offseason.

Footballguys view: With Dennis Dixon moving on we think both Batch and Leftwich will return. Moore could help fill the void left by starting RB Rashard Mendenhall. A knee injury suffered at the end of last year may force Mendenhall to begin the 2012 season on the PUP list.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch could return    Thu Feb 23, 04:27 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said there is a chance the team re-signs impending free-agent QBs Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch this offseason.

Footballguys view: Dennis Dixon is likely going to move on in free agency where he can compete for playing time. A team like Denver could be interested in adding him as a backup behind Tim Tebow.

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  Steelers | Expected to re-sign Byron Leftwich    Fri Jan 20, 03:27 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to re-sign impending free-agent QB Byron Leftwich at some point this offseason.

Footballguys view: Leftwich has found a home in Pittsburgh as a quality backup. Expect the Steelers to select a developmental QB late in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich undergoes foot surgery    Sat Oct 15, 12:50 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (arm, foot) had surgery Wednesday, Oct. 12, on his left foot to remove some loose cartilage. He said he might as well have it done now while he is on Injured Reserve for a broken left arm.

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  Steelers | Byron Leftwich undergoes surgery    Thu Sep 8, 01:46 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (arm) underwent surgery to repair the broken arm he suffered during the third preseason game. Leftwich said it will take him two to three months to recovery from the injury.

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  Steelers | Roster reduced to 58    Fri Sep 2, 04:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed QB Byron Leftwich (arm) on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Sept. 2, and also released LBs Baraka Atkins, Mario Harvey, Chris McCoy and Mortty Ivy, DL Corbin Bryant, DBs Brett Greenwood, Macho Harris, Donovan Warren and DaMon Cromartie-Smith, RBs James X. Johnson and John Clay, OLs Colin Miller, Kyle Jolly, John Malecki, Trevis Turner and Keith Williams, WRs Armand Robinson, Wes Lyons and Tyler Grisham, TE Jamie McCoy and PK Swayze Waters.

Footballguys view: Grisham has been a Steelers camp hand as a good possession receiver for a few years running now. He could be signed by another team. Harvey, Lyons, and Robinson are good practice squad candidates.

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  Steelers | Charlie Batch likely the No. 2 QB     Tue Aug 30, 10:51 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch is the likely candidate to be the team's backup quarterback following the injury to QB Byron Leftwich (arm). Head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday, Aug. 29, that a final determination on the new backup will not be made until after the final preseason game. Tomlin gave QB Ben Roethlisberger a day off practice Monday, Aug. 29, and split the repetitions between Batch and QB Dennis Dixon.

Footballguys view: Batch is the savvy veteran who won't give a game away with mistakes and poor throws. With the new rules for third-string QBs the Steelers could still bring Dixon on and off the field at their leisure as a subpackage QB if they want.

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