Report: Byron Leftwich has two fractured ribs

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The Steelers were fearful that quarterback Byron Leftwich would miss some time as a result of the injuries he picked up against the Ravens on Sunday night.

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.

59 responses to “Report: Byron Leftwich has two fractured ribs

  1. Though Leftwich was shaky, he was a McNair like warrior on the field. Played with 2 broken ribs and a separated shoulder and didn’t miss a play. That’s ’70 toughness right there.

  2. I don’t want to say Charlie Batch is old, but when he was the QB for the Lions, Pittsburgh was an NFC team.

  3. Time to bring back Jerrod Johnson!!!!

    He was an athletic quarterback in their training camp and ironically was starting ahead of Ryan Tannehill while Tannehill played as one of his wide receivers at Texas A&M.

  4. Big Ben indicated that Byron’s injury could possibly have decapitated Ben had it been just a little more serious.

  5. Farve is awaiting the call…

    Seriously, Batch has always been a decent backup. I think he could handle the Browns this week. I have no idea what QB’s are out there able to come off the street anyway. McNabb?

  6. Hows it feel Pittsburgh, all your hopes and dreams were smashed last night. This team won’t even make the playoffs. Bengals will overtake them in due time. What a great day for a Raven fan! I love it.

  7. No wonder Leftwich looked more injured Sunday night than Bouncing Ben: Because he actually is more injured than the egostitical, mythical, rockstar quarterback…
    It’s time for the Rooneys to draw up an exit strategy for such a polarizing figure. Get this selfish manipulator out of Pittsburgh!!!

  8. Any reason they can’t sign Dixon off Ravens practice squad? Or are there too many burned bridges?

  9. Browns will still find a way to lose this one on Sunday. Look for the ref’s to start throwing flags before the game even starts.

  10. Leftwitch is tough as hell. Remember him at Marshall playing with a broken ankle. Before any coach ever talks about toughness they need to show him playing in that college game when he was being carried by his linemen during that drive.

    He may be an avg QB but has more toughness and heart than most.

  11. scrp2 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    I don’t want to say Charlie Batch is old, but when he was the QB for the Lions, Pittsburgh was an NFC team.

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    Cute. Except Pittsburgh never was an NFC team. They were in the NFL when it had 16 teams at the merger and the AFL had 10 teams. Three had to switch and the Rooneys took one for the league and agreed to switch with the condition that their rivals Baltimore (which later fled to Indianapolis) and Cleveland (which later fled to Baltimore) would go to the AFC with them. At the merger the remaining 13 NFL teams formed the NFC while the 10 AFL teams plus the Browns, Colts, and Steelers formed the AFC.

  12. As I said before, Leftwich remains winless since 2006 as a starter. Enjoy losing the rest of your games Pittsburgh. What a pathetic season.

  13. I completly agree with fmwarner if you have batch on the roster why not play him. If you wont let him play then why arebu spending money on him and wasteing a roster spot. All you need from Batch is to be a game manager intil Big Ben can get back. Rely on the run game and dont turn the ball over.

  14. ravenator says: Nov 19, 2012 4:33 PM

    Hows it feel Pittsburgh, all your hopes and dreams were smashed last night.

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    Smashed? What does that say for the Ravens? They *barely* eeked by a team with a busted up back-up QB. Aside from Kruger and Tucker, nobody on the Ravens did anything remotely memorable the entire game. Do you actually believe half of the garbage you say?

  15. heath miller is designated the emergency backup. He should stay as backup.. easier to get another TE than try and find a QB this late to learn the system in case Batch gets hurt… or …Bring back HINES WARD.. just in time for Ravens !! lol.. that would be a sell-out in itself !

  16. Hopes and dreams crushed by the ravens? Not yet!! The steelers will find a way. The ravens on the other hand need to be worried. Didn’t score a touchdown barely held an injured back up in check? Please … Overrated ! What will be pathetic will be the ravens losing in January again. Priceless….

  17. He is a tough guy! Seen him stand in the pocket and take the hit plenty of times here in Jacksonville. The lack of mobility and long windup doesn’t help. I’m pulling for you, but can’t stand the Steelers. Get well Byron!

  18. Someone said there was a bounty? He hurt himself rolling in the endzone untouched. The sack in the fourth quarter might have compounded the problem, but it was a clean hit.

  19. I’ve been saying it all season. The Steelers have two backup QBs – Peanut and Brittle. I was amazed that they stuck with leftwich and Batch both as their backups.

  20. PCa Survivor says:
    Nov 19, 2012 5:20 PM
    scrp2 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    I don’t want to say Charlie Batch is old, but when he was the QB for the Lions, Pittsburgh was an NFC team.

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    Cute. Except Pittsburgh never was an NFC team. They were in the NFL when it had 16 teams at the merger and the AFL had 10 teams. Three had to switch and the Rooneys took one for the league and agreed to switch with the condition that their rivals Baltimore (which later fled to Indianapolis) and Cleveland (which later fled to Baltimore) would go to the AFC with them. At the merger the remaining 13 NFL teams formed the NFC while the 10 AFL teams plus the Browns, Colts, and Steelers formed the AFC.
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    Obvious he was joking, wow go get a sense of humor.

  21. Obviously Batch has been on the team a long time and started in place of Ben before. If he’s not able to fill-in as a starter now, there is no reason for him to be on the team. He has to be a pretty expensive 3rd stringer. If they didn’t have some confidence in his ability, I would think they would have let him go for some minimum wage rookie or one of the camp arms.

  22. It’s really time for the Steelers to look for a backup for Ben who isn’t 1) older than dirt and 2) more fragile than blown glass. These two are unbelievable.

    Leftwich-
    2010 sprained MCL in final preseason game blowing expected 4 games starting in place of suspended Ben
    2011 broken left arm after routine tackle in preseason. Tackled at ankles and simply fell to the ground- no normal person breaks their arm from such a harmless tackle/fall.
    2012 broken ribs after clumsily tripping over his own feet and falling in end zone. Unreal. The elderly break ribs from a fall like that, not pro QB’s.

    Batch
    2004 missed entire season after offseason knee surgery to repair torn cartilage
    2008 broken collarbone in preseason game on a scramble, he didn’t slide instead lowered his shoulder- bad move
    2009 relieved Ben for 4 plays against KC, broke his wrist, no one knows exactly how it happened, surgery

    I realize the Steelers o line still doesn’t protect well, so it’s imperative to find a QB who can actually take a few hits without falling apart…

  23. He cost us a game by not coming out. It was clear he was hurt and couldn’t hit open receivers. Should have at least given Batch a shot, Leftwich was missing everything and it was obvious the guy was in pain.

  24. Let’s just hope Tomlin doesn’t let Batch run out with the old leather helmet from he last time he started.

  25. Fortunately for the Steelers the Browns field a pair of cornerbacks named Skrine and Brown. That being said, my mother could throw for 300 yards against these two yahoos!

  26. Batch is on the team because the Steelers take care of their own and he just filed for b.k. He had been a good coach.

    The Leftwich broken ankle game in college was against Ben for conference title, not to many remember that.

    D for Pitt was awesome last night.

    Sign Johnson, he looked good in pre-season.

  27. No bueno! People keep saying that its only the Browns! From what is seen this year, the Brownies are probably the best 2-8 team I have ever seen! They just need to learn how to finish out games.

  28. I love it when the only solace a fan can find after a loss is being critical of the team that’s now beat them three times in a row. If it makes you feel better to make predictions of an eventual Ravens’ playoff loss, go for it. Since Pitt won’t be there, I guess you’ll need to find something to distract you until OTA’s.

    Nice 3-4 AFC conference record too. That’s not going to help when fighting for a wild card either…

    Ball So Hard

  29. My question is this: how did Lefty go from healthy (strong like bull!) – to tormented gimp with multiple upper torso injuries?

    It seemed like Leftwich was doing just fine on his 31 yard TD run at the start of the game, and only evidenced some level of pain discomfort after inexplicably tumbling UNTOUCHED in the end zone. Who falls for no good reason? And who can’t fall without blowtorching their shoulder and rib-cage?

    Something doesn’t make sense here.

  30. Easy. It was clear that Subway, the super secret de facto equipment sponsor for the Steelers and their retro jerseys failed to adequately pad Sandwich’s Super Bee Jersey with enough honey oat loaf around the ribs. Consequently, when gravity overcame Sandwich’s TD run, the ribs were the most vulnerable place for which the impact with the ground would impact. Simple physics people.

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