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Steelers bolster QB depth, re-sign Batch

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By PFW staff

The Steelers re-signed reserve QB Charlie Batch to a two-year contract on Friday. Terms were not disclosed.

The re-signing of Batch comes as Ben Roethlisberger faces a sexual assault allegation in Georgia. Charges have not been filed in the case, and the investigation remains ongoing. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Roethlisberger, who is facing a civil suit in Nevada in connection with a separate sexual assault allegation, at a later date.

Batch, 35, played in one game in 2009, relieving an injured Roethlisberger in overtime of a loss at Kansas City. However, Batch sustained a wrist injury and didn't play the rest of the season. Batch has been with the Steelers the last eight seasons as a backup, starting four games. He missed the 2008 season after suffering a broken collarbone in the preseason.

Batch offers a more experienced alternative to third-year QB Dennis Dixon, who has played in two NFL games. Dixon started at Baltimore last season, completing 12-of-26 passes for 145 yards with one TD and one interception. He also ran for a touchdown.


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