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.