Report: Steelers Concerned Leftwich Could Miss Time Due To Injuries Suffered Against The Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich was obviously banged up quite a bit in the 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night and reports early Monday suggest that he could miss some time moving forward as a result.

Jason La Canfora reports Monday via Twitter that the Steelers are concerned Leftwich could be out for a while due to the injuries suffered Sunday night.

Head coach Mike Tomlin did not mention Leftwich specifically in his post game injury recap, but did say that other players with bumps and bruises were still being evaluated.

Leftwich was asked after the game about his injuries and unconvincingly said, “I\’m OK, I\’m Ok.”

It was reported during the game that Leftwich was being checked on the Steelers sideline for a rib injury and Tomlin addressed that during his talk after the game.

“Obviously, he sustained some hits but that’s football, particularly when you’re talking about this matchup,” Tomlin said. “He did a nice job of communicating where he was and, more than anything, we just wanted to do a nice job of communicating.”

The Steelers will obviously be without starter Ben Roethlisberger for at least a couple of more weeks and maybe longer. Should Leftwich wind up being hurt serious enough to miss time, it would leave Pittsburgh with only one healthy quarterback on the roster in veteran Charlie Batch.

The obvious names that have been floated out there are David Garrard and Tyler Palko. Tomlin said last week following the injury to Roethlisberger that Garrard wasn\’t in the picture at that time, but it doesn\’t mean that he might not be now. Palko of course played for offensive coordinator Todd Haley when the two were with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Steelers could also decide to bring back training camp quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad as a precaution.

Tomlin will meet the media again on Tuesday for his regular scheduled press conference and we should know a little bit more about the situation and plans moving forward at that time in regard to the injured.

  • Chris92021

    He should have missed the entire second half last night.

  • Matt Lipner

    Why were no medical staff members checking him out until late in the game? Even the dimwitted TV announcers caught on that he was hurting.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    This game reminds us why Big Ben is so valuable to this team.

  • Matt Lipner

    And reinforces the opinion amongst Steelers fans that most, if not all, other QBs would not survive behind our O line.

  • If he is injured, who would we need to bring in to back up Batch? J.Johnson? who would we have to let go?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I just dont get it…it was obvious to all that Lefty wasnt 100%. Tomlin is strolling around like everything is fine. This loss is on Tomlin and no one else for allowing an injured backup QB to try and win a game for us.

  • I still don’t get why they’re reluctant to put Batch in. Doesn’t he have a winning record in the recent past as a Steeler QB? What’s the hangup?

  • RW

    If the Ravens for some reason let Dixon go off of their practice squad this week we should instantly pick him up. We could use some mobility and youth. Not saying he should start over Batch, but it would give us a nice look if Batch got hurt for some reason (and some more insight into the ravens offense – not that we really need it with the way the defense played last night). In any case, get Dixon re-signed and if he’s active, get Johnson back on the PS.

  • Especially when Batch is a good option to replace him.

  • Watching the game, I thought he did…

  • Maurice_hill_district

    The people here are all correct to question Tomlin’s insistance to have Leftwich win this game for the team. Tomlin has some explaining to do, so the press conference better hammer Tomlin about that.

  • Leftwich’s first injury came on an untouched TD run.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Exactly no one touched Byron but his own two feet and once he fell i knew he was hurt!.

  • Matt Lipner

    He was not untouched on that play, and in any case his throwing and pain definitely elevated with each hit he took from then on.

  • Don

    He may have been “touched” but the contact which caused the injury didn’t come from being hit. He took an awkward fall in the end zone. You could see his reaction on the replay the instant he got up.

  • I agree he did It last year with Ben. Don’t get his mindset sometimes

  • It’s time to get some younger backups

  • John21

    I like Tomlin but he gets a free pass every week. Accountability? Come on, man!