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mesaSteeler
09-29-2010, 07:15 AM
Steelers Notes: Batch will start again; Throwbacks coming soon
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/september/28/steelers-insider-batch-will-start-again/print.html?type=98&cHash=197c571cda0bf9343224bd4a8f2d6aef

PITTSBURGH — There are no tough quarterback decisions this week for the Steelers.

Charlie Batch played so well last Sunday in Tampa Bay that he’ll start again this Sunday against Baltimore.

“He’s done a nice job, coach Mike Tomlin said. “We won last week. That’s a good place to start.”

Batch, who’s 35, completed 12 of 17 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-13 romp over the Buccaneers. It was his first start since the final game of the 2007 season, a 27-21 loss in Baltimore.

“The guy has got a great deal of confidence in him,” Tomlin said. “He’s simply a man that’s taken advantage of an opportunity.”

Byron Leftwich will be Batch’s back-up.

THROWBACKS COMING SOON

When Ben Roethlisberger returns from his four-game suspension on Oct. 17 against the Cleveland Browns, he and his teammates will be wearing the Steelers' throwback uniforms.

The throwbacks are modeled after uniforms worn by the Steelers in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The Steelers will also wear their throwbacks for the Nov. 14 game against the New England Patriots,

INJURY REPORT

-- QB Dennis Dixon, who started the first two games, is well on his way to recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee. Dixon had surgery last Wednesday, and on Tuesday when spotted at team headquarters, he walked without a limp. “He came out of surgery fine,” Tomlin said. “Tentatively (the doctors) said anywhere from four-to-six weeks.” Since Dixon will be out that long, might he be a candidate for the season-ending injured reserve list? “Not this week,” Tomlin said. “It depends on how the (next few) games go.”

-- Tomlin said there’s a chance back-up NT Chris Hoke may be able to play against Baltimore despite suffering a sprained knee in Tampa Bay. Tomlin said Hoke was “questionable at this juncture. If he gets some work in the latter part of the week we’re going to try to play him.” However, Hoke was seen Tuesday at team headquarters walking with a noticeable limp. If Hoke can’t play, the Steelers may have to make a roster move later in the week. They may be reluctant to take on the Ravens with only five defensive linemen.

-- RG Trai Essex is expected back at practice today. He didn’t play against Tampa due to a sprained ankle. He was replaced by Doug Legursky, who graded out well. “He represented himself very well,” Tomlin said. “That’s one of the reasons Trai Essex is feeling better.”

steelerohio
09-29-2010, 11:01 PM
Ooohhh throwbacks for the Clowns game... best part is the bungles are on bye that weekend so... I can count on getting that game without going to measures... :applaudit:

Acerinox
09-30-2010, 04:02 AM
-- RG Trai Essex is expected back at practice today. He didn’t play against Tampa due to a sprained ankle. He was replaced by Doug Legursky, who graded out well. “He represented himself very well,” Tomlin said. “That’s one of the reasons Trai Essex is feeling better.”

Hahahaha. I bet he feels a LOT better, real sudden. Essex is a career backup - a decent enough one, but still it makes me itch to see him as the starter.