Sunday could be Batch's last stand

While some are holding out the slim hope that Ben Roethlisberger can play this Sunday against Baltimore, the more realistic scenario, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is for Big Ben to return next week against San Diego.

Byron Leftwich may also be back then, leaving Sunday's all-important game with the rival Ravens in the hands of Batch, who may be making the final start of his 15-year career. The 38-year-old is likely to retire at season's end, according to the report.

"I know I didn't play well last week," Batch said, who was picked off three times in a loss to the Cleveland Browns. "Anytime that you have another opportunity like this week, for me this is going out there and making sure I don't make those mistakes again."

The Steelers (6-5) need to win in Baltimore to bolster their playoff hopes. Pittsburgh currently is clinging to the final AFC wild-card spot by virtue of currently holding a tiebreaker over the Cincinnati Bengals, who are also 6-5.

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