Steelers Lose Backup, Could Add Castoff Leftwich

Last night, the Steelers hosted the Eagles in the first preseason game for both teams, and it only took 19 minutes before Pittsburgh lost a quarterback to injury. This time, though, it didn’t involve Ben Roethlisberger, motorcycles or Chrysler New Yorkers.

Byron Leftwich at Marshall

Instead, backup Charlie Batch, scrambling after a busted play in the backfield, suffered a broken collarbone. Batch, who has started four games the last three seasons, could be out two months. This leaves the Steelers with rookies Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts behind Big Ben on the depth chart. That could change as soon as today, however.

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Dennis Dixon To NFL GMs: Check Out My Website

Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon has developed a website to update NFL general managers on his recovery from ACL surgery.

Dennis Dixon Website

DENNISDIXON10.COM is pretty bare-bones as far as websites go, and I don’t see much of a blogroll either. But Dixon is aiming for an audience of exactly 32 people - the front office heads of every NFL team. Read more…

Darius Miles, Dennis Dixon Love The Strip Clubs

PORTLAND OREGONIAN badass (we mean that in a complimentary way) John Canzano has a piece today on why he wants Portland Trailblazer Darius … Miles Out Of Town.

Dennis Dixon Darius Miles Strip Club

Canzano makes a fine case on why dead weight-Darius should retire. But more interesting is Canzano detailing Miles’ recent visit to a local strip club - with Oregon QB Dennis Dixon. Read more…

Blog-O-Rama: Daniel Synder Is Al Davis Version 2.0

• SIGNAL TO NOISE believes Redskins owner Dan Snyder is the second coming of Al Davis.

Dan Snyder Al Davis

• Darren Rovell of CNBC bets how many times Peyton Manning’s name will be invoked at the Super Bowl.

• Meanwhile, BRAHSOME gambles on what tunes will be in Tom Petty’s halftime repetoire.

• BULLZ-EYE dribbles up a nice chat with Curly Neal of the Harlem Globetrotters.

• WITH LEATHER gets an eyeful of Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner posing nude.

Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner poses nude

• AOL FANHOUSE learns Gilbert Arenas is a big fan of Will Leitch’s new book.

• Michael Smith of ESPN rings up some stories behind certain Super Bowl jewelry.

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St. Marys Upsets Oregon in Latest Ducks Disaster

12TH-RANKED DUCKS PLUCKED BY ST. MARY’S IN BB UPSET: The past couple of days have not been kind to Oregon. Last Thursday, the Ducks lost both their Heisman-hopeful QB & BCS Championship chances in a 34-24 loss at Arizona.

Oregon Arizona St. Mary's

Then on Tuesday night, the 12th-ranked basketball team was felled by Gael forces in a 99-87 loss at St. Mary’s.Gael freshman & Australia native Patrick Mills roasted the Ducks with 37 points in helping St. Mary’s stay undefeated. The small Bay Area school was Ernie Kent’s first head coaching stop before he flew to Eugene.

Dennis Dixon billiards

But all is not lost for the Green & Gold (& black & white & lavender & whatever color Nike decides to employ onto Oregon’s uniforms). Injured QB Dennis Dixon can hopefully use his classroom skills to pocket the Ducks an NCAA Billiards title.

Brady Quinn Might Bolt From Browns After The Season

COULD CLEVELAND BE CALLING IT QUITS WITH QUINN?: Back in April, Brady Quinn was hailed as the savior of the Cleveland Browns when the team took him in the NFL Draft. Now, the QB could be going elsewhere.

Brady Quinn no MySpace

Bill Williamson of the DENVER POST believes that the Browns will entertain offers for their former first-round pick. Brady has yet to get behind center this season, thanks to the play of current starter Derek Anderson.”Expect Quinn to be shopped in the offseason, possibly garnering a first-round pick. There will be plenty of teams interested, perhaps including Minnesota, Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago and Carolina.”

Dennis Dixon Ducks down

Or Cleveland may just want to hold on to their backup, in case anything ails Anderson. Just ask Oregon.

Oregon QB Dennis Dixon Injures Knee In Arizona Loss

DENNIS MENACED BY KNEE, DUCKS GO DOWN IN ARIZONA: For the umpteenth time this season, the nation’s #2 team stank like…well, number two.

Arizona Oregon football

Oregon was the latest 2nd-ranked team to taste defeat this year, falling to Arizona 34-24 in Tucson on Thursday night.Not only are the Ducks out of the national championship race, they also lost their team leader & Heisman candidate. During the 1st quarter, QB Dennis Dixon twisted his knee when his foot got caught in the turf.

Dennis Dixon hurt

The injury was serious enough that Dixon’s dad came down from the Arizona Stadium stands to join his son on the Oregon sidelines.And the injury bug was biting the Ducks all night. Running back Jonathan Stewart also left the game in the 4th quarter. And backup QB Brady Leaf - brother of NFL washout Ryan - was ineffective for most of the game when he began hobbling around.

Arizona seems to have Oregon’s number lately. The Wildcats also won their meeting last year in Eugene, the first time the Ducks lost at Autzen Stadium in 2006.

The Quack Attack follows in the failed footsteps of USC, California, South Florida and Boston College as a #2 team to fall to an unranked opponent this season.

Mark Mangino nose pick

With the Ducks’ downing, the door is now open for Mark Mangino & Kansas to slide right in. (It better be a wide door.)The 10-0 Jayhawks face Iowa State this Saturday, and the Rock-Chawkers need to be cautious. The Cyclones are on a mini-roll right now, winning their last two games against Kansas State and Colorado.

Mark Mangino cinnamon rolls

Mmmmm, mini-rolls.

Oregon QB Has A Lot Of Balls Taking Billiards Class

DUCKS QB HAS A LOT OF BALLS TAKING BILLIARDS CLASS: Dennis Dixon has a lot of balls playing for Oregon this year - since the only college course he’s taking is billiards:

Dennis Dixon billiards

The SALEM (OR) STATESMAN JOURNAL quacks up the news that the Ducks QB and latest Heisman candidate is queuing under center on the field, and cueing up off it.Dixon has already reached his requirements for receiving a degree in sociology. But don’t judge Dennis too harshly on his choice of last class. He could have gone the easy route by taking ice skating or juggling, but he obviously wanted to run the (pool) table.

Billiards shirt racking balls crack of dawn

It’s actually a smart move by Dixon. If his pro football career goes bust, Dennis can still make it onto ESPN - by playing in billiards contests the network airs on Sundays opposite NFL games.