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MRI coming for Dennis Dixon

The Steelers lost quarterback Dennis Dixon on Sunday to a left knee injury.  It was the same knee he injured during a Heisman run three years ago at Oregon.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Dixon will have an MRI once the team returns to Pittsburgh.  We’re told that the team believes Dixon could have played again if necessary; Dixon was held out as a precaution.

Before exiting, Dixon completed four of six passes for 18 yards.  Charlie Batch completed five of 11 passes for 25 yards.  That’s 43 yards of passing offense.
And, by the way, Byron Leftwich currently isn’t on the roster.

UPDATE:  Here’s coach Mike Tomlin talking about the 19-11 win, and the Dixon injury.  Tomlin says, “I don’t know who’s gonna play quarterback next week.  It won’t be me.”

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  1. steelers rule says: Sep 19, 2010 6:00 PM

    Dixon will sit next week, Batch and Leftwich can rotate vs the Yuckaneers! 3-0 BABY!!

  2. Just JTO says: Sep 19, 2010 6:03 PM

    No passing game and they still kicked Tennessee’s ass at home. That tells you how determined this team is to excel while Big Ben is out.

  3. cover2blitz0 says: Sep 19, 2010 6:04 PM

    2-0 bucs lets welcome pittsburgh to town

  4. redguy12588 says: Sep 19, 2010 6:05 PM

    And they still won.
    Best defense in the NFL.
    Second straight week that they shut down a potent offense. The Falcons and Titans combined for 79 points in their games NOT against the Steelers.

  5. cunn9305 says: Sep 19, 2010 6:09 PM

    Florio you could start for this D and it wouldn’t matter … STEELER NATION !!!!!!!!!!!

  6. contract says: Sep 19, 2010 6:12 PM

    “And, by the way, Byron Leftwich currently isn’t on the roster.”
    It doesn’t matter. Randle El is probably a better QB than Dixon is.

  7. praveen says: Sep 19, 2010 6:12 PM

    Batch , while the results do not show much, looked a lot more comfortable passing than Dixon. The protection got even worse when Batch came in. Batch barely got any reps all preseason and was understandably a half beat slower to recognize things , but you give him reps this week, and he will look better than Dixon.
    Steelers need to worry about that wretched line. Something is wrong when your rookie center is your best player and even he didnt have such a great game today. With Starks gone, Steelers got major problems at tackles, and RG

  8. nicalooch76 says: Sep 19, 2010 6:13 PM

    steelers rule says:
    September 19, 2010 6:00 PM
    Dixon will sit next week, Batch and Leftwich can rotate vs the Yuckaneers! 3-0 BABY!!
    Those “Yuckaneers” are 2-0 just like Pitt, can someone say upset special?

  9. queenie says: Sep 19, 2010 6:17 PM

    What a game…OMG!!!
    That 1st big touchdown just set the tone for us I think…it really shut that Titans crowd up from the get go!
    Go Steelers!

  10. LebronJeremy says: Sep 19, 2010 6:21 PM

    4th string quarterback, 3rd sting left tackle, 2nd string right tackle, and a utility man eventually taking over for the right guard…and they still won. There is not another team that pulls that off.
    Oh yeah, they did in on the road. Anyone should be impressed.
    By the way, Polamalu is the only player to make that play at the goal line. Absolutely phenomenal.

  11. Deb says: Sep 19, 2010 6:31 PM

    That’s great news! They must not think it’s a tear! It would be horrible for him to tear and ACL or MCL in the same knee he injured in college with his contract up this year. I’m not a great fan, but wish him well and hope he’ll have a quick recovery. With luck we’ll be able to play Batch or sign and play Leftwich next week. Then perhaps Dixon could rest the knee another week and come back against the Ravens. It would be nice if he could finish with a good game that will help his signing prospects, whether he continues as a Steelers backup or goes elsewhere.

  12. tk1966 says: Sep 19, 2010 6:39 PM

    Lets not trash talk too soon. Next week’s game against Tampa is the classic trap game – coming off two big emotional wins, looking forward to a division game against the Rat Birds. Next weeks game makes me a bit nervous…

  13. Holeinone09 says: Sep 19, 2010 6:53 PM

    With their defense than can win 3-0 after causing a few turnovers. Most of us would have been happy being 2-2 when Ben came back. At least that is a lock. The haters are really stewing right now, oh yeah.

  14. Florios'Lawyer says: Sep 19, 2010 7:08 PM

    Steelers won.
    Ratbirds lost.
    Cowgirls lost.
    Patsies will lose.
    All in all, a pretty good day.

  15. yoyage says: Sep 19, 2010 7:09 PM

    and what will happen when Ben comes back?…looks like complete domination maybe……GO STEELERS!!!!

  16. Bens Bodyguard says: Sep 19, 2010 7:11 PM

    A motivated Ben with a motivated D equals hand over #7 God dell and take a walk

  17. TyroneCarterIsTheMan says: Sep 19, 2010 7:13 PM

    Batch is terrible.
    The only reason Batch wasn’t cut is because he is a union rep. The league does not want to cut a union rep with an impending lockout.

  18. it's all bs says: Sep 19, 2010 7:20 PM

    Holeinone09 says:
    September 19, 2010 6:53 PM
    With their defense than can win 3-0 after causing a few turnovers. Most of us would have been happy being 2-2 when Ben came back. At least that is a lock. The haters are really stewing right now, oh yeah.
    You know it…no Big Ben and still 2-0…suck on it haters!!!!
    @tk1966 got’s it right as well….too soon to talk trash…..but man those standings sure do look nice but yea next week is indeed a sand trap for us in Tampa.
    Go Steelers!!!!!!

  19. Bdrunk says: Sep 19, 2010 7:41 PM

    Hope DD is ok of course.
    Any win is a good win, but gawd that O is awful. 19 points won’t beat the Pats, or hell even the Bungs, and they suck this year.

  20. Bubby Brister says: Sep 20, 2010 7:15 AM

    The Steelers toughest opponent yesterday wasn’t the Titans — it was that heat. It absolutely wrecked them, especially the offensive line. Guys were dropping like flies and I’m pretty sure just about every lineman on the team ended up with some PT.
    Plus, Tomlin saw how well his defense was playing and just sat on the ball once they went up by 10. It was all about surviving after that. Like someone else mentioned, Batch looked much more poised but his opportunities to throw were limited and the offensive line did him no favors (even taking a TD strike to Wallace off the board). Lack of a dominating running game was just an extra hurdle.
    Escaping with a win is a successful mission in my eyes, as I’m sure it is in Tomlin’s. The defense looks incredible. The offensive line will be far from stellar but with some rest I think they, along with the running game, will resemble more of what we saw against Atlanta. The QB play in turn will improve because of this and the fact that Lefty/Batch will be upgrades over Dixon.
    All in all, this team has faced some nasty adversity over the past 6 months or so, and being 2-0 is more than any Steelers fan could ask for. This team is in great shape right now and could be downright scary once Ben’s back out on the field. Tomlin very may well be the coach of the year right now.
    I. Am. Excited.

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