Report: Byron Leftwich Suffered Two Fractured Ribs

More reports are coming in Monday afternoon as to the extent of the injuries that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich suffered in the 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night and it is indeed not looking good.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that Leftwich fractured two ribs in the game and is unlikely start next Sunday against the Cleveland Browns as a result. If true, that would mean veteran Charlie Batch would be the next man up with both Leftwich and starter Ben Roethlisberger sidelined with injuries.

Leftwich was sacked three times by the Ravens Sunday night in addition to enduring several other hits in the game. He was in obvious pain throughout the game but was never removed.

Batch is 5-2 as a starter during his time in Pittsburgh with his last win coming last season in the Steelers 27-0 win over St. Louis Rams in Week 16. In that game Batch was 15-of-22 passing for 208 yards and an interception.

The injury to Leftwich also means that we can expect the Steelers to sign a quarterback to the 53 man roster on Tuesday with the likely choices being David Garrard, Tyler Palko, Jerrod Johnson and possibly even Donovan McNabb.

  • I don’t get why they left him in. Are they that low on Batch? If so, why?

  • kris

    what a joke. the back up QB that is hurt more often than the starter. i guess it is just bad luck. i wonder who byron pissed off…

  • Don

    I thought Jerrod Johnson was impressive in the preseason. Wouldn’t he be a better long-term answer to back up Ben? I like Leftwich and Chaz Batch, but age and a history of injuries make them temporary options at best.

  • JT

    Please no McNabb. God no.

  • Lamarr56

    Did the injury occur after the TD run where he stubled and fell?

  • I guess he was hurt by the phantom tackler on his touchdown run. This guy is made of glass.

  • Temporary yes, but both are light years ahead of Johnson when we need a short term fill in. They need to address the long term backup situation sooner than later though.

  • Matt Lipner

    I think it’s become clear the past few years that backup QBs get injured a lot more frequently than starters. They aren’t in “game shape” for months out of the year. The offensive line better play their tails off against Cleveland, because I’m not sure how many big hits Batch can take..

  • he was holding his shoulder last week after 1 snap! Definitely made of glass.

  • Tom

    Any chance the Steelers sign Dennis Dixon off of the Ravens practice squad?

  • Buccos9

    Rumour has it the Steelers have signed a new QB named Bernie. At his first practice, Bernie did not complete a pass, but coach Tomlin called his performance gritty. The coach said he intends to start Bernie against Cleveland and has no thoughts about replacing Bernie with Charlie Batch.

  • Tim Culligan

    Byron should not have finished the game. We saw last year @ San Fransisco that Tomlin is reluctant to pull his QB from the came. I’d like to see Jerrod Johnson signed. He played well in the preseason, although they didn’t allow him to see significant playing time versus 1st and 2nd team defenses. Unless Batch got hurt or really played poorly, JJ had no shot. I think he would be an asset.

  • Vic

    Go out and sign Stephen mcgee

  • disqus_6VWOvIAZzr

    Maybe that’s why he let Leftwich gut it out. They might have needed to sign 2 QBs for this week.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Because he gets injured too easily over the years, never could count on him, so that was a wasted roster spot.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    But since knew Leftwich would go to IR if gets hit, Leftwich was not a short term fill in.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agree. Its probably not his fault that he has always got hurt too easy but now I wonder why he was on the roster since couldnt expect him to survive a full game.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Steelers have ignored the QB position for years now and here it comes to bite us in the A$$. Since Ben was drafted in ’04, Steelers have drafted Omar Jacobs (’06) and Dennis Dixon (’08)…knowing full well the style of play that Ben plays, coupled with O-loine woes in recent seasons, leaves him susceptible to a scenario such as what we have now.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    It’s Tebow time in the ‘burgh…!!!

  • I would have had Batch ahead of him on the depth chart from the start, but that’s just me.