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Steelers vs. Browns: Charlie Batch likely to get the start in Cleveland

Injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich could force the Steelers to start veteran Charlie Batch on Sunday.

J. Meric

With starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger still needing more time to recover from a shoulder injury and backup Byron Leftwich suffering two broken ribs in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers could be forced to start long-time veteran quarterback Charlie Batch Sunday against the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on CBS), according to the SB Nation blog Behind the Steel Curtain.

This week, the Steelers are expected to prepare Batch as the starter and will work out a few veteran quarterbacks, including Mike Kafka and Brian Hoyer, for the backup job. This means the Browns' defense, which is ranked one of the worst in the NFL, could catch a break against its division rival.

Batch's last start came last December against the St. Louis Rams. The 15-year veteran threw for 208 yards to help lead the Steelers to a dominating 27-0 victory.

The 37-year-old Batch also saw action in three other games last season, but it was all in mop-up duty.

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