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Saturday, October 2, 2010
Steelers make their call at QB

By James Walker

For weeks, many wondered which two quarterbacks the Pittsburgh Steelers would keep once starter Ben Roethlisberger returned from his four-game suspension.

On Saturday, the Steelers made their decision.

Pittsburgh announced it placed quarterback Dennis Dixon (knee) on injured reserve, which means the team will go with Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich as its three quarterbacks for the remainder of the 2010 season. The Steelers also signed defensive tackle Steve McLendon.

Dixon was hurt in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Tennessee Titans. His recovery was projected to take about six weeks, which was enough to convince the Steelers (3-0) to move on this year with three healthier quarterbacks.

Batch's recent play also didn't hurt. He threw for three touchdowns in last week's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dixon finished the year throwing for 254 yards and one interception in two starts. A former fifth-round pick, Dixon will be a restricted free agent after this season.