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Bucs still don't know which QB they will see



batch.It's 1 o'clock on Wednesday. Do you know where your starting quarterback is? If you're the Pittsburgh Steelers, the answer is no. The Steelers come to town to face the Bucs on Sunday, but they still don't know who will start at quarterback. Or if they do, they aren't telling. Ben Roethlisberger, of course, is serving the third game of a four-game suspension. Byron Leftwich was supposed to start the season as the No. 1 QB, but he got hurt in the final preseason game. That left Dennis Dixon to start the first two games, but he was injured last week, forcing the Steelers to go with Charlie Batch. Apparently, Leftwich is healthy enough to play, but he is returning earlier than first anticipated. So that leaves him, Batch and, if the Steelers need to go the emergency route, Hines Ward or Antwaan Randel-El -- both of whom played QB in college. (I'm being half-serious. I don't expect Ward of Randel-El to line up at QB.) Either way, if the Steelers are ever ripe for an upset, it's a game when they have questions at quarterback. Then againk, they had questions about the quarterback in the first two games and they won both. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, there are no questions about the Steelers defense, which has yielded only 20 points in the first two games. Click here for a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette item on the quarterback situation.

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