Reports say that Leftwich will miss the season as he apparently tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee after throwing a pass in the second quarter of the teams final preseason win over the Panthers.
The injury throws the team into a bit of panic, as it means that Charlie Batch probably won’t be going anywhere, and who knows, he could be the starter if the team decides to continue to hold back Dennis Dixon.
“It’s unfortunate for Byron what he went through, but this team has to go forward,” Dixon said. “If I am the guy I have to first and foremost take control of the offense. I know the defense will take care of their side of the ball.”
So the buzz now is Batch getting a chance to be the starter for the team, and he has done well in that department when called upon in the past. He won the opener in 2006 beating the Dolphins at home, and stepped in for two games back in 2005 and won both starts before getting hurt vs Cleveland.
“I think it is in good hands,” Batch said of the quarterback position. “We had three solid guys and now we have two. Either way, I’ll be ready to go.”
He’d better be, September 12th vs the Falcons is closer than ever.
UPDATE – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Leftwich has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and he will miss two to four weeks with the injury.