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             === Batch to start for Steelers with Leftwich out ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA (Sports  Network) - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
 said  Charlie Batch will be the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against
 Cleveland with Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich both injured.
 
 Batch   will   be  the   team's  third  different   starter  in  three  weeks.
 Roethlisberger is expected to miss his second straight game because of rib and
 shoulder  injuries,  while his replacement,  Leftwich, suffered a rib fracture
 during this past Sunday's game against Baltimore.
 
 Tomlin  said Roethlisberger underwent tests on Tuesday and would be classified
 as doubtful for Sunday's game, then added that Leftwich will not play.
 
 "All  things  are positive," Tomlin  said about Roethlisberger's test results,
 "and we're encouraged about his status."
 
 Tomlin  also said  the team worked out quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Mike Kafka
 with the intention of signing one.
 
 Batch,  though, will  start. He returned to the Steelers this offseason with a
 one-year  contract  and has  been with  the club since  2002 after playing his
 first four seasons in Detroit.
 
 The  37-year-old veteran  last started a game in Week 16 last season, throwing
 for  208 yards with an interception on 15-of-22 passing in a 27-0 win over St.
 Louis.
 
 "Charlie's  going to  get the  significant number  of snaps  in practice  this
 week,"  Tomlin  indicated. "We're  excited about him  preparing and leading us
 this week."
 
 Not  only are the  Steelers banged up at quarterback, but Tomlin also said the
 club  could add a receiver this week after Jerricho Cotchery suffered multiple
 rib fractures against the Ravens and won't play Sunday.
 
 Tomlin said both Plaxico Burress and Derrick Williams worked out for the team.
 
 Burress,  a Steeler star  for his first five NFL seasons, went unsigned in the
 offseason  after  spending the 2011 campaign  with the New York Jets following
 his 20-month prison term for a 2008 gun charge.
 
 "He's  in really good physical condition," Tomlin said about Burress. "He's no
 stranger to football."
 
 Tomlin said safety Troy Polamalu will resume running Wednesday as he continues
 to  recover from a  calf injury, while running back Isaac Redman is battling a
 concussion but is "doing well in testing."
 
 
 
 
 11/20 12:38:32 ET

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