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By The The Tribune-Review
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009

The Steelers have signed former West Allegheny High and Pitt star Tyler Palko to their practice squad.

The Steelers needed another quarterback with Charlie Batch out 2-4 weeks because of a broken bone in his wrist.

The Steelers released rookie Steve McLendon from their practice squad to make room for Palko.

Palko signed with the Saints in 2007 as an undrafted free agent, and spent four games that season on New Orleans' active roster. The Saints released him prior to the 2008 season.

Palko spent training camp this season with the Arizona Cardinals but got released in early September.

• Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a mild concussion in the Steelers' 27-24 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, participated in Wednesday's practice. Roethlisberger practiced without a helmet, as the Steelers eased him back into action. Roethlisberger is expected to play Sunday night in Baltimore unless he starts feeling the effects of the knee he took to the helmet in Kansas City.

• Dennis Dixon, who took snaps as the No. 2 quarterback Wednesday, will be Roethlisberger's backup for the next 2-4 weeks with Batch out with a broken bone in his left wrist. Batch had surgery yesterday.

• Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about the Steelers' special-teams unit that has given up four kickoff returns for touchdowns this season and this week signed former Baltimore safety Corey Ivy.

"It's the same team that I think led the league last year in kickoff coverage, so it's the same scheme, same coaches and a lot of the same players,'' Harbaugh said. "I know they made a couple changes, and those guys are good special teams guys that they brought in.''

• Steelers rookie guard Ramon Foster will make his first NFL start as Chris Kemoeatu is sidelined with a knee injury. Defensive end Travis Kirschke (calf) will try to practice this week and return to action after missing three consecutive starts.

• Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs (knee) missed his first game of the season against Indianapolis but may play vs. the Steelers.

"He's preparing like crazy," Harbaugh said.


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