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Source: Steelers QB Leftwich has rib injury

7:44 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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PITTSBURGH -- 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 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the decision.

Leftwich finished the game, completing 18 of 39 passes for 201 yards and an interception.

He was sacked three times. The Steelers (6-4) will likely turn to 37-year-old backup Charlie Batch against the Browns (2-8). Batch is 5-2 while as a substitute starter over the last decade.

The Steelers are already without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is out indefinitely with shoulder and rib injuries.

The Associated Press

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