11 Oct 2005
Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee later today, but in the meantime the Steelers' third-string QB, Charlie Batch, is preparing to make his first start since 2001. Earlier in the week, backup Tommy Maddox went down with the same calf injury that shelved Jerome Bettis for three games (apparently it's contagious). While everyone in Pittsburgh would prefer to see Big Ben under center next Sunday, things could be much worse (just ask Brooks Bollinger), especially when you consider that Batch almost lost his job to Brian St. Pierre during training camp.
Update 2pm: Roethlisberger has a hyperextended knee and bone bruise, an injury not as severe as originally thought. The team is even saying he could play next week.
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