NFL in brief: Starting QBs struggle
After a Sunday full of injuries and interceptions, seemingly half the league heads into Week 3 with a quarterback quandary.
The Titans’ Vince Young was pulled after his third turnover against Pittsburgh. The Steelers needed all those takeaways from their defense because they’re down to their fourth-string quarterback.
Michael Vick won the battle of backups in the Eagles’ victory over the Lions, playing so well that now Philadelphia must answer questions about whether he should remain the starter when Kevin Kolb returns.
The Panthers’ Matt Moore and the Raiders’ Jason Campbell also got yanked as those two teams quickly soured on their new starters.
“I know it won’t be me,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of who will start for Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay. “I’m not good enough.”
That’s all he knows. Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for two more games. Byron Leftwich, who was supposed to fill in, is out with a knee injury and was even released to make room for another defensive lineman, though he is expected to be re-signed today. Then Dennis Dixon hurt his left knee early in Sunday’s game and didn’t return.
Charlie Batch took over and went 5 of 11 for 25 yards – and the Steelers still won thanks to their defense and special teams despite not scoring an offensive touchdown.
Rule helps Lions
The Lions got a break from the rule book after it cost them a win over the Bears.
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson didn’t hold onto the football as he landed on the ground after making a third-down catch in the first quarter.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz lividly protested the call and fired the challenge flag onto the field, and referee Clete Blakeman announced the call was being overturned because Jackson lost control of the football.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson will have an MRI exam on his right ankle after injuring it, leaving the game, then returning to make a tying, fourth-down touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter of Houston’s 30-27 victory over the Redskins. … Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis injured his left hamstring while being beaten for a touchdown by New England’s Randy Moss just before halftime and missed the second half. … Falcons running backs Michael Turner (groin) and Jerious Norwood (knee) both left against the Cardinals with injuries.