Report: Steelers lean toward Charlie Batch as Week One starter
Posted by Mike Florio on September 4, 2010
With Ben Roethlisberger suspended and Byron Leftwich injured and Dennis Dixon not ready, the guy who'll likely start the Steelers' regular-season opener is the guy who got the fewest offseason, training camp, and preseason reps with the starters.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers are "likely" to give Batch the nod against the Falcons.
For now, though, Batch hasn't been told he'll get the assignment.
"You look back, we had three solid guys who were able to go in, step in, if needed," Batch said. "Now we're down to two. Over the weekend, they'll determine what's going to happen. Either way, I'll be ready to go."
Four years ago, Batch learned on Labor Day weekend that he'd be starting the Thursday night season opener against the Dolphins, after Roethlisberger underwent an emergency appendectomy. That night, Batch completed 15 of 25 passes for 209 yards and three scores, good for a passer rating of 126.5. He has started one game since then -- the 2007 regular-season finale, against the Ravens.
Before Leftwich's injury on the most recent Thursday night, Batch was in danger of being cut. He'll now potentially lead the way for the first four games of the season.
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