11-19-2012, 01:53 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich played in obvious pain throughout much of Sunday night's 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The veteran appeared to injure his right shoulder while falling into the end zone at the end of his 31-yard touchdown run on the game's opening drive and took a hard shot to the rib area from Ravens safety James Ihedigbo on a fourth quarter sack. With starter Ben Roethlisberger (sprained SC joint, rib) not expected to return this week, concern about Leftwich's status for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns will have the Steelers looking at other quarterbacks this week, reports Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. The Steelers could conceivably start No. 3 quarterback Charlie Batch, a 37-year-old who has started seven games during his 10 seasons in Pittsburgh, including a Week 16 game against the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and pair of games when Roethlisberger was suspended at the start of the 2010 regular season. If the Steelers decide to go this route, they could re-sign Jerrod Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound first-year player out of Texas A&M who completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 236 yards and two touchdowns in three preseason games with the Steelers in August. Free agent quarterbacks with connections to Steelers offensive coordinator include Tyler Palko, who started the final four games of Haley's tenure as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. In six games overall last season, Palko completed 59.7 percent of 134 pass attempts for 796 yards and two touchdowns. Palko was also sacked 11 times, was intercepted seven times and lost a fumble. Palko was not in an NFL training camp and has not worked out for an NFL team this season. The same can be said for Brodie Croyle, who started two games in two seasons under Haley with the Chiefs.