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Pittsburgh Steelers third-string quarterback Charlie Batch.
The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered injuries to two starters in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley injured his ankle in the first quarter and offensive linemen Mike Adams went down in the third quarter with an ankle injury as well. Neither returned to the game.
Woodley is currently listed as doubtful, while Adams has been ruled out of Sunday's crucial matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. With Marcus Gilbert on the IR , the Steelers may have to rely on a combination of Kelvin Beachum, Doug Legursky, John Malecki and maybe even David DeCastro to fill in on the offensive line.
Beachum is a rookie, Legursky is a career backup and Malecki has spent all but one game this season on the practice squad. Those are not exactly the names you want on the field heading on the road to Baltimore. Willie Colon is also battling a knee injury that kept him out Week 12, but he seems to be on track to return on Sunday.
However, I forgot to mention that the Steelers don't know if Ben Roethlisberger (h/t Gary Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) or Antonio Brown will play this weekend. Even if one or both of those players can go, neither will be playing at full strength. Byron Leftwich is out again as well. Tomlin confirmed that Charlie Batch is going to take the reigns with an inexperienced, patchwork offensive line on Sunday.
On an encouraging note, safety Troy Polamalu may return to action this week. There is still a lot to be determined on who play and who will not play this Sunday, but perhaps Tomlin put it best during his press conference on Tuesday.
"We are looking to get some guys back potentially but we aren't going to hold our breath."
The Steelers still have a chance at making the playoffs. In fact, if the season ended today, they would be the sixth-seed in the AFC.
However, Pittsburgh has injuries all over the offensive line, at quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker. Those are some key positions that will inhibit the Steelers ability to compete with the good teams remaining on their schedule. It should be interesting to see if Mike Tomlin's team rises to the occasion.