Steelers coach Tomlin: Batch starting again on Sunday
Charlie Batch didn't just earn coach Mike Tomlin's admiration for how he played in Tampa.
Batch, who threw three touchdown passes in the Steelers' 38-13 rout of the Buccaneers, will start Sunday when the Ravens visit Heinz Field.
"Guys have a great deal of confidence in him," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "He's simply a man that's taken advantage of an opportunity, and you've got to be happy for him."
Batch had been the odd man out at quarterback before knee injuries suffered by Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon thrust him into a prominent role.
Leftwich will back up Batch on Sunday, and Tomlin said there are no concerns about the knee that Leftwich sprained on Sept. 2.
"He was fine last week," Tomlin said.
With Ben Roethlisberger set to return next week from a four-game suspension, the Steelers have a tough decision looming at quarterback. They are unlikely to carry four QBs on their 53-man roster, and they could place Dixon, who had surgery Sept. 22, on injured reserve.
Tomlin said that Dixon will be out 4 to 6 weeks after tearing cartilage in his knee. The coach sidestepped the question yesterday when asked if Dixon is a candidate for injured reserve.
"I never look too far ahead in terms of some of those kinds of decisions," Tomlin said.
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