Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon, who started the team’s first two games, has been put on injured reserve according to the Post-Gazette.
Everything about this move was widely expected, except for the timing.
With Dixon out until mid-November, the Steelers were expected to put Dixon on IR and go with Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch as back ups to Ben Roethlisberger.
But the Steelers needed to make the move because back up Chris Hoke did not practice all week and will not play against the Ravens. The Steelers activated Steve McLendon from their practice squad.
Chance of Losing McLendon?
McLendon played during the Steelers victory over Tennessee, and the Steelers were able to put him on waivers and return him to the practice squad after the game.
However, if McLendon performs against the Ravens the way he performed against the Titans, the Steelers may run the risk of losing him if the expose him to the waiver wire again. Still, they need him active for the Ravens game, so they’ve been left with no choice.