Amidst injuries to quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich and wide receivers Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery, the Pittsburgh Steelers went out and signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress and quarterback Jed Hoyer yesterday.
Leftwich stepped in for the injured Roethlisberger last weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. He did rush for a score and kept the Steelers in the game but was ultimately injured and later diagnosed with fractured ribs. Pittsburgh has announced that veteran third-string QB Charlie Batch is starting this weekend against the Browns, and Hoyer was brought in to back him up.
Hoyer is the former backup of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The 27-year-old has three years of stats, but he’s only thrown 43 pass attempts in NFL games over that span.
Burress was drafted by the Steelers and spent his first five years in the league with the club. Over his five seasons in Pittsburgh he caught 261 passes for 4164 yards and 22 touchdowns.