Steelers lose another quarterback

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

On Friday, the news out of Pittsburgh after quarterback Byron Leftwich was lost for four to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in the Steelers final pre-season game, was that the interim No. 1 job would fall to the unproven Dennis Dixon.

The Steelers will need someone to guide them for their opening four games due to the suspension of Ben Roethlisberger.

The problem is that Dixon has started all of one regular season NFL game and in a pre-season game against Denver in a starting role he threw two interceptions.

So that got the Steelers brain trust thinking and one day later reports are that Dixon will be sitting on the bench when the Steelers open up against Atlanta with the starting assignment falling to 13-year veteran Charlie Batch -- their No. 4 QB at the start of training camp.

It's not like Batch hasn't bailed them out in the past.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the feeling is that Dixon is fine as a backup but when handed the No. 1 reins he chokes it up. When the pressure is on, he's off.

So next Sunday, look for Batch to open it up and if things aren't working, turn to Dixon to come on like the cavalry. Just don't tell him he's starting.

Look what you caused, Ben.


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