The issue with Byron Leftwich during Sunday night's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers was clear. He was wincing in pain with his throwing arm repeatedly pulled close to his side.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald
Charlie Batch will play backup to starter Ben Roethlisberger in this pivotal showdown with playoff implications, but hopefully for the Steelers' best interests they won't need him.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
While I hardly think any fantasy owners will be losing any sleep over this news, Leftwich has been officially listed as "out" on the NFL injury report.
Fantasy owners with any other members of Pittsburgh's offense probably will lament Ben Roethlisberger's absence again this week, however, as the star quarterback has once again been declared inactive.
Stay away from the Steelers this week.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
The backup QB injured his ribs in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, further depleting the depth at the position with Ben Roethlisberger also sidelined with a rib/shoulder problem.
Charlie Batch is getting the start under center today, so fantasy owners of Big Ben or Leftwich may want to consider picking up the third-stringer in a pinch.
We'll keep you updated right here as soon as we know more on when Leftwich will be able to return to the lineup and get healthy.
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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 7:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Byron Leftwich will not be able to suit up for the Steelers this weekend.
Will Graves of the Associated Press reported the following:
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich injured his ribs in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore and will not start next week against the Cleveland Browns.
A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that Leftwich was hurt during the first quarter of the 13-10 loss to the Ravens. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not officially commented on Leftwich's status.
The news is not all that surprising considering the nature of the quarterback's injury, and the Steelers are now extremely thin at quarterback.
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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Steelers think they will be out without Leftwich for awhile due to injuries suffered on Sunday night. He doesn't state what the injuries are, but it sounds like more than the original rib injury.
Steelers concerned Leftwich will be out for a while with injuries, Big Ben in doubt for Sun so they expect to workout QBs this week— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 19, 2012
Charlie Batch is the team's other quarterback. He would probably get the next chance to start if Leftwich does miss time and Roethlisberger remains sidelined. Any free agents that are signed would likely be viewed as depth additions.
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The best course of action seemed to be placing him on the bench and giving Charlie Batch a chance to move the offense.
Leftwich attempted to hit open receivers, but his passes lacked velocity. An opportunity to score at the end of the game was thwarted when the strong-armed quarterback could barely throw the ball 50 yards.
He needed 65 yards to hit his man.
With Ben Roethlisberger already out with a rib injury, the forecast could be grim for Pittsburgh. They can't enter next week's game with just one option under center.
Batch has seen limited action in his six-plus seasons with Pittsburgh. He had 53 attempts in 2006, his most as a Steeler.
Leftwich finished the game 18-of-39 for 201 yards and an interception. His passer rating was just 51.3.
Pittsburgh (6-4) lost 13-10 and opens up the wild-card battle to their division rival, the Cincinnati Bengals. They face the Cleveland Browns next week before travelling to Baltimore in Week 13.
Their final two games are also divisional matchups. This is unfortunate timing if Roethlisberger isn't able to return soon.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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