Batch to get start at quarterback for Pittsburgh on Sunday vs. Browns

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Charlie Batch is back on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Plaxico Burress might be next.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the 37-year-old Batch will start at quarterback on Sunday in Cleveland and the team is considering bringing Burress back to provide depth at wide receiver.

Batch is 5-2 while subbing for Roethlisberger through the years. Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich are both out indefinitely with rib injuries. Batch passed for 208 yards in a 27-0 victory over St. Louis last December.

The Steelers (6-4) are down two receivers at the moment after Jerricho Cotchery fractured his ribs in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore. Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

Plaxico spent the first five seasons of his career with the Steelers from 2000-2004.

Steelers sign WR Plaxico Burress

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Plaxico Burress is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh signed the 35-year-old wide receiver on Tuesday to provide depth at a position decimated by injuries. Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle and Jerricho Cotchery fractured his ribs late in Sunday night's 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Burress spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Steelers, who selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played for the New York Jets last year, catching 45 passes for 612 yards and tying for the team lead with eight touchdown receptions. He missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons while serving a 20-month prison sentence stemming from a gun charge.

Redskins LB Fletcher's streak in danger once again

ASHBURN, Va. -- London Fletcher's consecutive games streak is in danger once again.

The Washington Redskins linebacker did not practice Tuesday because of a sprained right ankle and has little time to recover before Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"A short week doesn't help," said Fletcher, a former star at Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School and John Carroll University. "That's my main concern, that I have three less days to try to give myself some time to heal."

Fletcher was hurt in Sunday's 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and was wearing a walking boot Monday. He had the ankle wrapped in black tape Tuesday.

Fletcher, 37, has never missed a game in his 15-year NFL career and has appeared in 234 in a row, tying him with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber for the longest active streak.

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