Charlie Batch will start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported, citing a source with direct knowledge of the Steelers' plans. Kinkhabwala confirmed that backup quarterback Byron Leftwich sustained fractured ribs during the Steelers' 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
Even if the Steelers are confident in Batch, this is another tough body blow for their AFC North chances. They are two games back of the Ravens, and a loss against the Browns essentially would end the division race. The Steelers also have to worry about the AFC wild-card race if they keep dropping games.