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Steelers QB Leftwich Has Rib Injury; Out vs. Browns

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer
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Quarterback  Byron Leftwich of the Pittsburgh Steelers is slow to get up after being knocked down in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. / (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Quarterback Byron Leftwich of the Pittsburgh Steelers is slow to get up after being knocked down in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. / (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich injured his ribs in Sunday night’s loss to Baltimore and will not start next week against the Cleveland Browns.

A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that Leftwich was hurt during the first quarter of the 13-10 loss to the Ravens. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not officially commented on Leftwich’s status.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the decision.

Leftwich finished the game, completing 18 of 39 passes for 201 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times.

The Steelers (6-4) will likely turn to 37-year-old backup Charlie Batch against the Browns (2-8). Batch is 5-2 while as a substitute starter over the last decade.

The Steelers are already without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is out indefinitely with shoulder and rib injuries.

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