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10:26 AM ET 11.21 | Veteran quarterback Charlie Batch will start for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Will Graves of the Associated Press. Byron Leftwich started for the injured Ben Roethlisberger last week, but now both quarterbacks are out indefinitely with rib injuries. Batch, 37, has started just three games in the last four seasons. In his only start last season, Batch threw for 208 yards in a 27-0 win over the St. Louis Rams.

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November 21, 2012  10:39 AM ET

NBA Rules, Bros.

November 21, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Sign Hines to play QB.

November 21, 2012  10:51 AM ET

I'm sure the Steelers will handle the Browns just fine.



Unlike the Cowboys...

November 21, 2012  11:11 AM ET

So you're telling me there's a chance...

November 21, 2012  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm sure the Steelers will handle the Browns just fine.

I'd take the Browns and the points on this one.

November 21, 2012  12:00 PM ET

Yes, but will he finish? Old, immobile QBs are not going to last very long behind that offensive line.

November 21, 2012  12:30 PM ET

I feel good about Charlie's ability to win. I don't feel so good about his ability to stay healthy. Cleveland has a knack for getting after the QB, and Batch is going to be taking quite a few hits in this game.

I don't know who this Hoyer kid is, but I hope he's rush-ready from day one.

November 21, 2012  12:56 PM ET

He'll need a batch of pain meds after that O-Line allows him to be battered. Who's up next, George Blanda?

November 21, 2012  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't know who this Hoyer kid is, but I hope he's rush-ready from day one.

I think he'd do just fine if he doesn't stare down receivers and take forever to throw the ball like Leftwich and Roethlisberger tend to do.

November 21, 2012  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm sure the Steelers will handle the Browns just fine. Unlike the Cowboys...

The difference maker in this game will be Joe Haden. With him they should win, without him, well, just look to your beloved team for an example!

November 21, 2012  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd take the Browns and the points on this one.

Correct me if i'm wrong but I believe the Browns have covered the spread every game this year.

November 21, 2012  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I feel good about Charlie's ability to win. I don't feel so good about his ability to stay healthy. Cleveland has a knack for getting after the QB, and Batch is going to be taking quite a few hits in this game.I don't know who this Hoyer kid is, but I hope he's rush-ready from day one.

Ok last offer! We'll trade you Colt McCoy and a bag of balls for any of your third string Corners! Its a good deal so think about it!!!

November 21, 2012  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I think he'd do just fine if he doesn't stare down receivers and take forever to throw the ball like Leftwich and Roethlisberger tend to do.

Big Ben's never gonna change. He's said all along that a lot of the hits he takes are his own fault, and that he makes the line work a little harder than they should have to sometimes.

As for Leftwich, the Ravens just sort of teed-off on him, running a lot more blitzes than even they tend to do. Especially after his TD in the beginning, they really wanted to put some licks on him.

November 21, 2012  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Ok last offer! We'll trade you Colt McCoy and a bag of balls for any of your third string Corners! Its a good deal so think about it!!!

We only have one, and Van **** was cut by the Raiders before we scraped him off the pavement. Still not sure it's such a great deal for us, though.

Arizona might give you Gay, though. Since he's a former Steeler, we'll still take the bag of balls as a finder's fee.

November 21, 2012  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I feel good about Charlie's ability to win. I don't feel so good about his ability to stay healthy. Cleveland has a knack for getting after the QB, and Batch is going to be taking quite a few hits in this game.I don't know who this Hoyer kid is, but I hope he's rush-ready from day one.

My feelings exactly! Batch tends to get broken easily.

November 21, 2012  03:14 PM ET

Charlie Batch is good for a few games a year.
He'll do fine!

November 22, 2012  07:20 AM ET

Taylor and Rubin and Rucker will help with the run. Haden can hopefully stay with Wallace. We just need to watch the dink and dunk stuff that used to kill us with Ward. Now, on to our offense. I just hope we don't turn the ball over. The Steelers have not been able to force too many turnovers but still have a top 5 D. Go Trent! The end.

November 22, 2012  01:58 PM ET

Big Ben probably wouldn't have played this weekend anyway, because he's a new dad! Little Ben was born Wednesday night.

 
November 22, 2012  10:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Big Ben probably wouldn't have played this weekend anyway, because he's a new dad! Little Ben was born Wednesday night.

Lock your daughters up!

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