Byron Leftwich Fractures Two Ribs Versus Baltimore Ravens
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks seem to be dropping like flies underneath the prime time lights over the past two weeks.
First starting signal caller Ben Roethlisberger was injured during the Steelers 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in week 10 on Monday Night Football. Now this past week on Sunday Night Football Pittsburgh backup quarterback Byron Leftwich suffered two fractured ribs in the Steelers 13-10 loss at the hands of their division rivals the Baltimore Ravens.
The injury occurred when Leftwich rushed for a 31-yard touchdown (the Steelers only touchdown of the game) early in the first quarter however the 10-year veteran played through the rib fractures for the duration of the contest. Later on during the game Leftwich also injured his throwing shoulder but that injury is not believed to be as severe as the one to the ribs.
The Steelers will prepare third string quarterback Charlie Batch as the team’s starter for their upcoming week 11 match up with the Cleveland Browns. Throughout Batch’s 15-year career he has passed for over 10,000 yards and 60 touchdowns and has played well in place of Roethlisbereger in the past including a 15-22 and 208 yard performance last season in a 27-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams last season in December.
The Steelers upcoming game in week 12 versus the Browns should concern them too much as far quarterback play however for their week 13 encore with the Ravens, Pittsburgh would definitely like to have either Roethlisberger or Leftwich back against a team that could pretty much clinch the AFC North with a victory in that game.