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Steelers To Work Out Free Agent Quarterbacks Mike Kafka & Brian Hoyer On Tuesday


With Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich sidelined by broken ribs suffered in the 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night the team is scheduled to work out a few free agent quarterbacks on Tuesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Twitter that the team will bring in former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka and former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday.

Kafka was originally drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft after playing his college football at Northwestern. Hoyer, a Michigan State product, was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

The Steelers contacted Dennis Dixon, who is currently on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens, but the former Pittsburgh quarterback opted to stay on Ravens practice squad instead of working out for the Steelers.

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  • Dominic Johns

    Ughhh. I would rather see Garrard. I was excited for last game just to see what Leftwich had as a QB but I can’t even evaluate him properly knowing that he only threw one pass while he was healthy.

  • Chris S

    I wish I knew why everyone was obsessed with Garrard.

  • Richard Edlin

    There’s not a lot of room on the inactive list … are we likely to see some players shifted to IR? (Polamalu’s has to be close to either returning or having the season chalked off, for one.)

  • James

    Yeah, why go for the veteran qb who was top of the dolphins depth chart before he got injured when you can sign somebody that has never started a game before…

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Whoever we get off the street is one hit of Charlie away from starting, remember Charlie is as brittle as leftwich. So better sign 2 of those bums while your at it. Fat lady gettin ready to sing.

    Which qbs any Rooneys sign will be based only on whoever is cheapest.

    Just please noone start any Brett Farve rumor. Some idiot interviewer media member trying to be the cute one will start Brett Favre question. Ugh.

  • Matt Lipner

    I don’t understand why Dixon would refuse this offer. It’s not like he’s going anywhere in the Ravens organization, and this would most likely result in him playing and at least getting his name out there. Please do not sign Hoyer… he is terrible.

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

    Jerrod Johnson please. We had him the entire off-season and it makes no sense not to bring him back. If Garrard is healthy, bring him in too cause we may end up needing all of them at this rate…this should be a very interesting day on the South Side…Note to Charlie: WEAR A FLACK JACKET!

  • RW

    Are you kidding??? Kafka or Hoyer?? Those are our only legitimate options? Dixon is an idiot and an a-hole. If we don’t sign a legitimate backup QB we could easily lose to any team in the league.

  • awlcohen

    FO and staff clearly in denial. They seem to think BL or BR will be back in two weeks and they just need to get through a terrible Cleveland team. They really can’t seem to grasp the situation more than one week at a time.

  • awlcohen

    It was just an offer to work out, no guarantee. So he would have to give up a 300k paycheck for a chance of being on a roster for a few weeks. Can’t blame him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That is what I was thinking…either someone needs to go back to the PS or IR for a few guys that maybe 3-4 weeks out…tough decisions ahead

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pravin-Ratnam/671010792 Pravin Ratnam

    THis is a guy who got injured going into the endzone untouched. So his production while injured is open game to be assessed because he will always be getting injured. That was his history and it remains so. At lesat Batch went through two season and 5 games of playing without getting injured. Let’s not forget that Lefty was actually dinged up in the secnd half of KC too.

  • Vic

    What happened to Stephen McGee ? He started a few games for the injured tony room a few seasons ago and I thought he played

  • Clint Martin

    Lets face it the Steelers orginization put themselves in this position by keeping these dinosaurs at backup’s two of them not 1 but 2. They have needed a quality YOUNG backup for some time now. Dixon wasn’t allowed to go out and throw alot they didn’t trust him for some reason. So why keep him? He is on the Ravens practice squad that is funny he couldn’t even make their 53 man roster?

    He wouldn’t resign with the Steelers because his agent put it in his head he can be a starter in this league and now he is on a practice squad.

    The Steelers did not address this issue in the draft this year or by free agency

  • Matt Lipner

    You are right, but I feel like this is going to end up being more than a few week commitment with a great chance to play, which he currently has almost no chance of with the Ravens.

  • Dominic Johns

    I don’t agree. Yes he could get injured quite a bit but there have been times where he is not. I’m not going to fully assess him while he has a rib fracture and a shoulder injury.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Those are all my thoughts too. Unbelievable those are the 3 names choosing from. I guess theres probably no ok qb available so maybe it is conceding the season. What a mess.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Somebody ask steelers why they didnt sign Johnson to the PS the minute Ben got hurt. I agree need to sign more QBs. Put Charlie in a suit of armor!

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Right on, & who is *?#* Hoyer.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Leftwich broke his own ribs. Now thats a guy made out of glass and steelers knew it before the season started, so inexcusabl to think Leftwich would make it through a game.

  • larry watson

    now the team calling dennis dixon after pittsburgh let dennis go and kept batch not a good move why pittsburgh keep batch not a smart move

  • larry watson

    pittsburgh had a backup QB but they let dennis go so far look like pittsburgh season over

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