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Welcome back, Antonio. Here's your Charlie Batch duck.

We needed something good in our lives after pouring one out for DeSean Jackson’s season. So now if you don’t have a girlfriend pillow to hug, you can give Antonio Brown a man hug. He likes that.

Brown has missed the Steelers’ last three games with an ankle sprain, leaving his owners to scour the waiver wire for another mediocre, under-producing receiver in an offense currently led by Charlie Batch. Demand is high.

But hope is here, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown is expected to practice tomorrow, and he’ll play this weekend against the Ravens. Sure, that’s swell, but his value and startability is linked to Ben Roethlisberger’s health, as no Steelers offensive player is useful if Batch is still bringing the terrible, especially against the Ravens.

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Antonio Brown owners were hoping for better news this morning, after he practiced all week, and expected to play against the Cleveland Browns.

Quarterback Charlie Batch will now have four healthy receivers to throw to today, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, David Gilreath and the new addition, Plaxico Burress.

Expect Burress to be more involved in the offense today, making him a risky, but good start today in deep leagues.

It’s come to this. A 37-year-old quarterback will start a game for a team with a one-game lead in the race for a wild card spot in the AFC. Godspeed, Charlie.

NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala cited a source close to the Steelers who told her that Batch will start when Pittsburgh visits Cleveland in Week 12. The ancient elder statesmen of NFL backups who’s been in the league since the forward pass was deemed legal, Batch started a game last year when Ben Roethlisberger went down, and he looked pretty OK, completing 15 of his 22 attempts for 208 yards and an interception.

That’s pretty much what you should expect from a backup quarterback of Batch’s age who’s only started seven games since 2001: soul-crushing adequateness. The Steelers are also reportedly set to workout Plaxico Burress tomorrow with Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery injured. This means we live in a world where Batch could complete a pass to Burress in a meaningful NFL game. If anyone needs me I’ll be in my bunker.

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To be frank, Brown wouldn’t have been a sexy option for fantasy owners this week even if he was healthy, with the impending Byronocalypse ascending on Pittsburgh.

Player Targets Receptions Yards TD
Mike Wallace 8 3 14 1
Emmanuel Sanders 7 2 30 0
Jerricho Cotchery 4 1 22 0
Heath Miller 4 4 47 0
David Paulson 2 2 15 0

Yea, this wasn’t an offensive tour de force from the Steelers passing game. One name to keep an eye on is David Paulson, who is available in 100% of ESPN leagues. Leftwich showed a complete inability to throw the ball short on Monday night — after catching four balls on four targets in the first half, Heath Miller was never heard from again.

Miller will be a big part of Todd Haley’s game plan on Sunday night, one centered on forcing Leftwich to throw the ball short. Paulson, a seventh round pick out of Oregon, should see plenty of snaps as well.

Journeying to the deep Felix Baumgartner style.


Update 5:04 pm

Yikes. That doesn’t sound good at all.

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Obtaining an accurate timetable for an injury on a Tuesday can be an impossible task if the injury in question leaves the door even slightly ajar for the possibility of an appearance on a football field this week. And that’s where we seem to be with Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers quarterback suffered a shoulder injury during Pittsburgh’s overtime win over Kansas City last night. At his noon press conference today head coach Mike Tomlin confirm that Roethlisberger has an SC sprain, and he’s questionable for Pittsburgh’s key Week 11 divisional game against Baltimore. From my limited (see: none) medical experience, I’ve learned that injuries which can be summarized in two letters are often awful, but this could be the exception. I think.

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When a part of the body is described as being unusual, that’s rarely ever a good thing. At best it can make you really popular for a brief time in elementary school because you can bend your toe backwards, or make fart noises with your hands.

In football, unusual is death because we crave normal. Not normal players or normal athletes, of course. We need excellence there and nothing less, but for a player to be excellent his body has to function at an optimal level, and all of its many moving mechanisms have to be, yes, normal. That means in their normal position, and assembled in a normal fashion.

See, normal = good, unusual = bad.

Ben Roethlisberger is unusual, and that’s bad.

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