As if he doesn't have any other choice, Mike Tomlin all but made it a definite that backup QB Charlie Batch will get the start vs. the Cleveland Browns.
Tomlin told reporters Tuesday at his press conference what everyone on the planet already knows: Ben Roethlisberger is doubtful for Sunday. Batch will get the snaps at practice this week, with newly acquired QB Brian Hoyer to probably participate as well, or at least familiarize himself with the playbook.
If a game is considered ideal for a longtime backup QB to start, it has to be against a 2-8 team. On the other side of the argument, the Browns really have nothing to lose.
Roethlisberger's dislocated rib and sprained right shoulder are showing signs of improvement. “Encouraging” was the word of the day. Byron Leftwich's ribs are worse than Big Ben's - two broken ribs suffered against the Ravens. And to make insult to (rib) injury, receiver Jerricho Cotchery also has a rib injury.
In addition to Hoyer signing, the Steelers now have their original draft pick back, Plaxico Burress. Will we see them both in action Sunday?