Steelers need to regroup after injury to Batch

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- Although it doesn't seem significant on the surface, those that follow the Steelers closely know how much of a blow backup quarterback Charlie Batch's injury is to the team.

Batch broke his right collarbone while scrambling in Pittsburgh's 16-10 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The timeline for this type of injury typically ranges from 4-6 weeks.

The statistics won't tell the full story of Batch's loss. Batch has been the brains and calming influence behind starter Ben Roethlisberger's development the past four seasons and most recently rookie Dennis Dixon.

"I was like a sponge soaking everything in from (Batch) and Ben, but mostly (Batch)," Dixon said last night. "I'm going to continue doing that, too."

But the tutoring will come while Batch is not in uniform.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Saturday night that Pittsburgh will search for a veteran quarterback. A couple possible replacements that are still on the market include free-agent signal callers Daunte Culpepper and Byron Leftwich.

"It is an unfortunate incident, but as you guys know our approach is that this is part of football," Tomlin said. "We will regroup and make the necessary adjustments."