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Could Donovan McNabb be the answer for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

November 19, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Donovan McNabb, shown with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, might be available if a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers came knocking.
Donovan McNabb, shown with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, might be available… (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated…)

Ben Roethlisberger is likely out as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback again this week. Byron Leftwich, who took Roethlisberger's place Sunday night, could be too injured to play as well.

Is Donovan McNabb next in line to take snaps for the Black and Gold?

Not according to the Steelers' roster or any kind of announcement from the team. Longtime Pittsburgh backup Charlie Batch is the team's No. 3 quarterback and was seen warming up on the sideline Sunday when Leftwich got banged up during a 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tweeted this Monday morning: "Steelers concerned Leftwich will be out for a while with injuries, Big Ben in doubt for Sun so they expect to workout QBs this week."

Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker LaMarr Woodley tweeted out an interesting idea: "So saying byron might be out. what would yall think if we got ?"

McNabb was a longtime starter in Philadelphia, taking the Eagles to the NFC championship game five times and the Super Bowl once. He went on to have disappointing seasons in Washington and Minnesota, last playing for the Vikings in 2011, and joined the NFL Network as an analyst in September.

Batch is a Pittsburgh native and well-loved among Steelers fans, so chances are they would agree with the sole person who has responded to Woodley's suggestion so far -- "no no."

But based on a tweet last week by McNabb, the five-time Pro Bowler just might take an interest in such an opportunity should it come along: "With the way football has been going this year its alarming to know that there are guys still out that are better then what we are seeing. ;)"

What do you think, Steelers fans?


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