NASHVILLE TN - SEPTEMBER 19: Dave Ball #98 of the Tennessee Titans sacks quarterback Charlie Batch #16 at LP Field on September 19 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. The Steelers won 19-11. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Will Dennis Dixon Be Placed On IR When Ben Roethlisberger Returns?

The Steelers will face a decision at quarterback next week when Ben Roethlisberger returns.

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Will Steelers QB Dennis Dixon Land On IR When Ben Roethlisberger Returns?

Steelers QB Dennis Dixon is currently out with torn lateral meniscus cartilage and original reports suggested he would be out a few weeks.

But could the Steelers place him on injured reserve? Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette seems to suggest it's possible.

The Steelers have no plans to place quarterback Dennis Dixon, who had surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus last Wednesday, on injured reserve this week. When Roethlisberger returns, however, they will have to make room for him on their 53-man roster and are not likely to keep four quarterbacks.
Roethlisberger will be back in Week 6 after the Steelers Week 5 bye.

Head coach Mike Tomlin says Dixon is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Tomlin seemed open to the idea that Dixon could be placed on IR.

Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on Dennis Dixon's injury.

Charlie Batch Named Steelers Starting QB For Week 3 Game At Tampa

Charlie Batch will make his first NFL start since the final week of the 2007 season on Sunday when he will be under center for the Steelers, who visit the fellow undefeated Buccaneers in Tampa.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin elected on Wednesday to start Batch, at one point the no. 4 quarterback on the depth chart in the preseason, over Byron Leftwich, who is still recovering from a sprained left knee ligament suffered in the Steelers final preseason game. When the injury occurred, Leftwich has been the player scheduled to start the four games during whcih Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended.

Batch's last start came in a loss in Week 17 of the 2007 season. Even then, Batch was only playing because the Steelers, who clinched the AFC North title the week before, were resting starters for the playoffs. Batch had only two pass attempts in the regular season between 2008 and 2009.

If Batch, a Pittsburgh native who has served primarily as a back-up in his nine years with the team, performs well against the Buccaneers, he could possibly start multiple games in a season for only the second time since he was the no. 1 quarterback in Detroit in 2001.


Dennis Dixon Diagnosed With Torn Lateral Meniscus Cartilage, Expected To Miss Several Weeks

Steelers QB Dennis Dixon expressed optimism that he would be available for next Sunday's game against Tampa Bay prior to undergoing an MRI on his injured knee on Monday. Too bad for him, then, that the tests showed that Dixon suffered a torn lateral meniscus during the Steelers 19-11 win over the Titans on Sunday, which will likely force Dixon to miss about three weeks of action.

Dixon left the game in the second half after scrambling to pick up yardage at the end of a Steelers' field goal drive. Charlie Batch finished the game for Pittsburgh, which finished with only 43 yards passing.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dixon will seek a second opinion, though he is likely to have to undergo arthroscopic surgery. If Dixon cannot go, head coach Mike Tomlin will have to choose between Batch and Byron Leftwich, who was expected to be the Steelers opening week starter until he suffered an injury in the Steelers preseason finale.


Dennis Dixon Waiting On MRI After Leaving Steelers Game With Knee Injury

Steelers QB Dennis Dixon left Sunday's game against the Titans with some sort of knee injury. A MRI on Monday morning will reveal exactly what's wrong with his knee, if anything, and whether he'll be able to help the Steelers next week against the Bucs.

"Will I be ready next week? Yeah, I think I can. I planted wrong, it didn’t feel right after that," said Dixon, who rushed for 28 yards on three carries and suffered the injury while running with the ball on his final series of the game. "If it’s something serious, I want to be able to rehab. But I don’t think it is."

Mike Tomlin said in an emergency Dixon could have come back in to just hand the ball off every play and end the game so we're not sure how severe it is. It's a good sign that he's still able to walk.

If he can't go next week, then the Steelers options include Charlie Batch, who finished Sunday's game when Dixon left, and Byron Leftwich, who is expected to be re-signed very soon after being released on Saturday to make room for another nose tackle.

For continuity's sake, the Steelers probably want Dixon to start next Sunday. QB Ben Roethlisberger will be back in week six of the season. The Steelers beat the Titans even without Dixon.

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