PITTSBURGH (AP) - The forgotten quarterback is now the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ starter.
Charlie Batch, a longtime backup who was relegated to No. 4 status as the Steelers dealt with Ben Roethlisberger’s off-field problems, will be the starter Sunday at Tampa Bay (2-0) _ his first NFL start since 2007.
Coach Mike Tomlin picked Batch over Byron Leftwich, who is recovering from a sprained knee ligament. Dennis Dixon started the first two games, but he underwent knee surgery Wednesday and is out indefinitely.
The Steelers (2-0) apparently decided they couldn’t wait until the end of the practice week to determine if Leftwich’s still-healing knee would hold up to the stress of playing. Batch has gotten little work with the starters, and Tomlin wanted to give him as much practice time as possible.