We’ll have to wait and see how long he’s out, but it isn’t looking good for this week. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Leftwich has two fractured ribs and is “unlikely” to start against the Browns. PFT has also been told that Leftwich has a separate shoulder injury that will impact his chances of playing in Week 12.
With Ben Roethlisberger also considered unlikely to play at this point, the Steelers would have to turn to Charlie Batch or sign someone off the street to start for them. The latter option seems farfetched until you remember Mike Tomlin stuck with a clearly injured Leftwich instead of turning to Batch on Sunday night. That doesn’t indicate great confidence in Batch, but there might not be another option available for Pittsburgh.
Batch last played in Week 16 of last season when he started and beat the Rams 27-0.