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.