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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th126.1 (6th)258.8 (13th)
Defense23rd93.0 (6th)278.4 (28th)

Steelers report: Inside slant

The Sports Xchange
Inside slant · Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel

The Steelers reached overtime of their 10th game before someone other than Ben Roethlisberger took a snap at quarterback, and now they've lost backup Charlie Batch, probably for the season.

Roethlisberger appears to be OK after leaving in overtime of Sunday's 27-24 loss in Kansas City to what coach Mike Tomlin said was a "concussion-oriented thing." The quarterback said after the game he was OK, and he was being evaluated Monday by doctors to make sure that indeed was the case.

However, Batch will undergo surgery Tuesday or Wednesday to repair a broken left wrist he injured on the Steelers' final series of the game. The Steelers are likely to elevate second-year pro Dennis Dixon to the backup job and sign someone to the practice squad.

Roethlisberger had one of his best days, completing 32 of 42 for 398 yards and three touchdowns, and neither of his two interceptions was his fault.

The Steelers had an opportunity over the past two weeks to nearly put the AFC North Division in their pocket, playing Cincinnati at home and at Kansas City, but they lost both and still trail the Bengals in the division by one game.

Yet the injuries are piling up. Troy Polamalu is out indefinitely with a sprained PCL in his left knee, starting guard Chris Kemoeatu left Sunday's game with a sprained MCL, Batch is out, they've lost starting left defensive end Aaron Smith for the season and they have to play their nemesis, the Ravens, in Baltimore on Sunday night.

"We're not where we want to be," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "We have six games left. We'll see what kind of character this team has."

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