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Steelers Likely Only To Add QB To Practice Squad, Not The Active Roster


The right shoulder injury suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could wind up forcing him to miss a few games, but the team is not expected to add another quarterback off of the street to the 53 man roster should that indeed be the case.

Already there is speculation that veteran David Garrard or one of many others might be signed to the active roster, but in truth, all the Steelers will need is another arm for the practice squad to run the scout team.

The Steelers normally only dress two quarterbacks for a game, so should Roethlisberger indeed miss time, he would be the inactive quarterback while both Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch dress.

The Steelers have several options as far as practice squad quarterbacks go. Jerrod Johnson was with the team for the entire offseason and preseason. He would be the most obvious choice. Former Steelers clipboard holder Dennis Dixon also is currently on the street right now as well after he was released from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad just last week.

The advantage of signing Dixon to the practice squad would be that he might be able to provide some insight into the Ravens offense and that in turn would give the Steelers defense some good looks at what they could be facing Sunday night.

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  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Jerrod Johnson looked pretty good in Camp and PS games. He would be a nice fit on the Practice Squad. Leftwich and Batch have never been known for their Durability so hopefully Ben is not out long. This would be a good game to get the run-game going again.

  • Tim Culligan

    I thought Johnson was great in the preseason. Unfortunately, he could’ve played like Tom Brady and still been cut just because of the numbers at the QB position.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Totally Agree.

  • RW

    Is Dixon even eligible for the PS?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1165671631 Michael Brodigan

    I would definitely like to see Johnson added to the PS, he worked at least in preseason with the offense and actually I preferred we kept him to begin with. He has great potential.

  • John A Stewart

    JERROD JOHNSON SHOULD BE ON THIS TEAM AND NOT LEFTWICH POINT BLINK HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH TOMLIN AND HIS FAVORITES THATS WHY PLAYERS LOVE HIM HE KEEPS THEM ON THE TEAM PAST THEIR PRIMES

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