View Full Version : Leftwich No. 2; Batch likely to go on IR

08-30-2008, 02:12 AM
The Steelers have decided to go with Byron Leftwich as their backup quarterback and rookie Dennis Dixon as No. 3, and they will put Charlie Batch on injured reserve or use a procedural injury settlement in which he would be available to them if needed later.

Batch has about four more weeks before he will be healthy enough to play after his collarbone was broken Aug 8 in the first preseason game. If the Steelers place him on injured reserve, he would be done for the season. If they release him and reach an injury settlement with him, he could be available to them in the second half of the season.

Batch had one year left on his contract with the Steelers and would be paid his $1,355,000 salary if placed on injured reserve. If they reach an injury settlement with him, he would receive a portion of that salary and would become a free agent and could sign with any other team. But he also would be available to the Steelers after midseason if, for example, they lost one of their quarterbacks to an injury -- if he did not sign elsewhere.

Coach Mike Tomlin made many of the required cuts yesterday but decided not to announce any publicly until today. The deadline for making cuts is 6 p.m. All teams must reduce their rosters from 75 to 53 to start the season. Those rookies and first-year players who clear waivers will be eligible to join their eight-man practice squad.


well i never liked batch, he's alright, but sucks when he gets in the redzone, so i hate him, i don't like leftwich much either, the dude only knows who to throw 90 mile an hour balls, but hopefully it won't matter who is the back up if ben can stay healthy which he did last year

08-30-2008, 06:58 AM
If Byron has to come in then our season is over, same as it would have been if Batch would have had to come in for any significant length of time so either way we will go as far as Ben will take us. Batch is probably the lesser of the 2 evils since he's younger and might be willing to sign a 2 or 3 year deal when the season is done. Dixon won't be ready to be the main guy behind Ben for atleast a couple years.

08-30-2008, 09:55 AM
i don't feel too good about this. i guess it's the same situation everywhere else in the league. if brady goes down, the patriots are finished. if manning goes down, the colts are finished. it's generally the same throughout the league.

08-30-2008, 10:17 AM
We do have the luxury of being in a better spot than those teams and most of the ones around the league. Atleast our backup can come in and be a stop gap for a couple weeks and keep things together whereas if we had to rely on Sorgi or Cassell we'd in even worse shape. Credit Cowher and Tomlin both for the foresight to keep a veteran QB around.

08-30-2008, 12:22 PM
Look on the bright side, our #3 will be MONEY in a year or two....

08-30-2008, 02:24 PM
Look on the bright side, our #3 will be MONEY in a year or two....

hopefully, if his ACL holds out...