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Plaxico Burress, Brian Hoyer sign with Steelers (updated)

Both Ben Roethlisberger and his backup, Byron Leftwich, are injured. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Updated at 1:20 with Burress, Hoyer signing

Injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich have the Pittsburgh Steelers scrambling at quarterback and at wide receiver, so the team signed Brian Hoyer and Plaxico Burress today.

With Roethlisberger out with a sternoclavicular injury, Leftwich stepped up Sunday night — and suffered broken ribs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, when he fell in the end zone after his touchdown run early in the Steelers’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Although he finished the game, Charlie Batch, a veteran backup, is likely to start Sunday, with the Steelers signing Brian Hoyer after taking a look at Mike Kafka, too, today.

With Jericho Cotchery out with a rib injury, the Steelers wanted to see if Burress, their top draft pick in 2000, has anything left and liked what they saw. Burress played last season for the New York Jets after spending nearly two years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. The Steelers also worked out Derrick Williams at wide receiver. 

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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