Updated: Baron Batch Not Yet Cleared To Practice – Batch Says Not Required To Be Out There

The last time we checked in with running back Baron Batch it looked like he was getting along pretty good in his rehab from the torn ACL that he suffered late in training camp last year. Batch is just roughly nine months removed from surgery now, but Ed Bouchette reports Friday that Batch will not practice with the rookies and first-year players over the weekend, even though he is eligible to do so. Batch apparently has not been cleared to by the medical staff to practice just yet. Keep in mind that training camp almost another three months away right now, so Batch will likely be ready to go by then.

ETA: Batch has posted on Twitter following the Bouchette report that he is not participating because he\’s not required to be out there and not because he is not ready. It is a rookie mini camp, states Batch, and he is not a rookie.

Bouchette speculates that by looking at the Batch timetable, it is another reason to believe that Rashard Mendenhall, who had his ACL surgery in January, might not play this season. Should Mendenhall follow Batch’s schedule, Bouchette points out that he still won’t be ready to go in mid-October. It has been long believed that Mendenhall will open the season on PUP list, which would sideline him for the first six weeks of the season at a minimum, with the latest he could return to the 53 man roster is by week 13.

The Steelers will open training camp with Isaac Redman as the only lock to make the roster. Batch, Jonathan Dwyer, John Clay and rookie Chris Rainey will all battle for spots on the 53 man squad and it would not be surprising to see an experienced free agent signed to the group prior to the start of training camp.

  • Dave, do you think that the Steelers will wait until after OTA’s, and get a better feel for where the current group of RB’s are at, before making the decision to bring in a FA RB? I know Jackie Battle is still out there. He’s not an elite talent, but he is someone that Todd Haley has familiarity with.

  • SteelersDepot

    When you look at the RB numbers right now, it gives you a feeling that another experienced RB might be added.

  • SteelersDepot

    Batch has denied the Bouchette report that he is not ready and says he is not participating this weekend because he is not required to.

  • stan

    That makes no sense to me. Why wouldn’t you get out there and take another chance to show the staff what you can do if you’re healthy? Its not like he has a guaranteed roster spot.

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    Mewelde Moore anyone?

  • LouPGH

    Just a guess on my part, but there will be plenty of opportunities over the coming months for him to prove himself, so even if he’s cleared to play, there is no reason to rush it, especially if the coaching staff does not expect him to be there.

  • Batch’s Uncle Roy

    Eddy Boo got another story wrong, wht else is new with the worst beat writer in the NFL

  • Broderick Wallace

    One, why would they rush him back? He showed them plenty at last years’ training camp to deserve a return ticket. Besides, his presence would take more away from the “ROOKIES.”

  • Broderick Wallace

    Pass. He is no longer the RB from 2009 season. Time to let the young guys show what they got.

  • Why risk aggravating an injury when you don’t have to? He’ll have dozens of chances to prove himself.