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Old 11-24-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default Steelers scramble for QB, possibly Palko

Steelers scramble for QB, possibly Palko
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...bly-palko.html
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Monday November 23, 2009 11:48 PM

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (7) lies on the ground after being sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Andy Studebaker (96) during overtime of Sunday's overtime 27-24 loss. AP photo by CHARLIE RIEDEL

PITTSBURGH — With Charlie Batch possibly done for the rest of the season, the Steelers want to add another quarterback.

And that new QB could be Tyler Palko.

With Batch requiring surgery to fix his broken wrist suffered in Sunday’s overtime loss at Kansas City, another quarterback will be added to either the active roster or to the eight-man practice squad.

Sources tell The Times that Palko, a former West Allegheny High School and University of Pittsburgh star, will be signed.

An announcement could come as early as this afternoon at coach Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference.

Palko, who went undrafted out of Pitt, spent time with the New Orleans Saints in 2007. This past summer, he was on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster but didn’t survive the final training camp cut. Currently, Palko is under contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Batch, who is expected to undergo surgery as early as today, entered Sunday’s game only after starter Ben Roethlisberger left with a mild concussion.

The Steel Valley High School product was on the field for only four plays. He was apparently hurt on his second snap after throwing a short incomplete pass to running back Rashard Mendenhall. Batch was knocked down on the play by blitzing linebacker Corey Mays, but didn’t seem to be hit hard.

Batch grabbed his wrist for a moment after his throw,but remained in the game and handed off to Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore for the Steelers’ last two offensive snaps.
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After the game, Tomlin did not mention Batch when discussing injuries.

Likewise, Batch never mentioned his injury when he spoke to the media and there didn’t appear to be anything wrong with him.

“We are confirming that Charlie is injured, but we have no comment at this time,” a Steelers spokesman said. “We will let Coach Tomlin comment on any injuries (at today’s press conference).”

With Batch out, second-year pro Dennis Dixon moves into the backup role.

There’s a chance that Dixon may have to start Sunday night in Baltimore if Roethlisberger isn’t cleared to play but the Steelers are optimistic that Roethlisberger will play against the Ravens.

Roethlisberger went through a series of tests Monday and will undergo further testing this week. Results of those tests will ultimately determine his status for the important AFC North game against the Ravens (5-5).

With Batch out, there were several internet reports that the Steelers would try out Jeff Garcia, 39, and Cleo Lemon, 30, a pair of veteran QBs who are not currently on any team’s roster. That may still happen.

But for the time being, it appears Palko will be the team’s third QB, even if he’s on the practice squad.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:26 AM   #2
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I say give the kid a shot. He was a little hot-tempered at Pitt, but hopefully he's grown up a bit since then and has himself under better control.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:38 AM   #3
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Joy! Tyler friggin Palko! He'll make you appreciate what you have in Big Ben, that's for sure!

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I've always liked Palko. He's far from perfect, but he could be a decent backup QB in the NFL someday.
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LETS GO PITT!
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The fact that they didn't sign a veteran QB tells me that they're comfortable with Dennis Dixon. I'll take that as a good sign.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:34 AM   #7
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How about Shane Falco instead
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only if we get orlando bloom as a WR
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i Heard they just signed Palko from steel city insider
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The fact that they didn't sign a veteran QB tells me that they're comfortable with Dennis Dixon. I'll take that as a good sign.
Or...........that if they cant beat KC with Ben, then without Ben its just time to focus on 2010 and the draft.

I too vote for Shane Falco and hope we get the cheerleaders too.
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