Pittsburgh Steelers' Quarterback Dennis Dixon Out 3-5 Weeks

Jonathan CyprowskiCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rolls out under pressure from the Tennessee Titans defense during the first half at LP Field on September 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The news out of Pittsburgh today is that Steelers’ quarterback Dennis Dixon’s knee injury is far worse than originally thought.

Dixon was originally diagnosed with a sprained left knee after coming out of the game yesterday in the Steelers 19-11 win over the Tennessee Titans. Upon further testing today results showed that Dixon has torn the lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Dixon’s injury will require surgery deactivating him for three-to-five weeks, and thus will end his run as the Steelers’ starting quarterback.

Byron Leftwich resigned with the Steelers this morning and took part in team meetings after being released Saturday evening in order to make room for defensive lineman Steve McClendon on the active roster.

As usual, head coach Mike Tomlin declined to tip his hand as to whom his starter would be this week when the Steelers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With Dixon out for the duration of Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension, the Steelers are left with Leftwich and veteran Charlie Batch on the active roster.

Batch, who replaced Dixon yesterday after his injury in Tennessee, played far better than the stat-line shows. Even though he only went 5-of-11 for 25 yards, four of Batch’s six incompletions were dropped passes. He also had a touchdown pass called back after a holding penalty on replacement left tackle Jonathan Scott.

Byron Leftwich is likely to start this week if the sprained MCL in his left knee checks out, but as of right now Batch is the only healthy quarterback on the roster.

Regardless of who starts this Sunday, the Steelers’ offensive line is going to have to step up their level of play regardless of injuries because neither Batch nor Leftwich are as mobile as the injured Dixon.