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Dennis Dixon has a separated shoulder

Ben Roethlisberger isn’t the only injured quarterback in Pittsburgh.

On Saturday night, backup Dennis Dixon was dinged up during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Redskins.

Coach Mike Tomlin called Dixon’s condition an “injury to the AC joint,” which is the “glass-half-full” way of describing a separated shoulder.

The degree of the separation isn’t known.  As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, Roethlisberger suffered the same injury last year, but he missed no games.

The Dixon injury leaves the Steelers will only two healthy quarterbacks, for now — Charlie Batch and Mike Reilly.

Some believe that Dixon could become the No. 2 man on the depth chart this year, possibly prompting the Steelers to sever ties with Batch, who missed all of the 2008 season with a broken collarbone.

Tomlin wouldn’t say after the game whether Roethlisberger will return to practice on Monday.  He suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury on Thursday.

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8 Responses to “Dennis Dixon has a separated shoulder”
  1. DeVoodoo says: Aug 23, 2009 2:14 PM

    Florio — whenever you report on a QB separating his shoulder, might be helpful to mention if it’s his throwing shoulder or not.

  2. skylark says: Aug 23, 2009 2:33 PM

    Post-Gazette reports it is Dixon’s throwing shoulder.

  3. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Aug 23, 2009 3:18 PM

    Dennis looked good out there last night.

  4. OranjelloJones says: Aug 23, 2009 4:17 PM

    OH my what a hit he took to get that injury. Wilson unloaded a filling jarring blow late in the game. Glad to see the Redskins at least are doing well in one department. DE seems to be a loaded position for them.

  5. FumbleNuts says: Aug 23, 2009 7:59 PM

    Dennis Dixon is a VERY good player and I wish him a speedy recovery!

  6. isonic1 says: Aug 23, 2009 8:37 PM

    Maybe he got Brian OrakPowed!

  7. hobbeslax says: Aug 23, 2009 9:48 PM

    Florio now has a second ‘drama-queen’ QB on the Steelers to rag about. Very exciting for you Mike.

  8. Brian Libby says: Aug 25, 2009 12:01 PM

    Dennis Dixon is awesome! Best of luck for a speedy recovery, Dennis! This poor young man was ROBBED of the Heisman Trophy. Oregon had the best team in college football in 2007, and the best player, before Dixon’s injury with 3 games left. Go Ducks!!!

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