Steelers Nation got its first read does of bad news this evening with reports that 7th round draft pick and the Steelers 2011 Training Camp sensation Barron Batch injured himself in practice.
As the Steelers Depot reports, the injury occurred after Batch had made an impressive 40 yard run. Batch was not hit on the play, and had to be carted off the field.
Unconfirmed rumors have the injury as an ACL tear, which would spell the end of the rookie's season. Steelers Depot quote Ken Laird as saying that Batch's facial expression confirmed the severity of the injury.
Although only a 7th round pick, Barron Batch had won near universal acclaim from the press corps assembled at St. Vincents for the talent and toughness he displayed this summer in Latrobe.
While the extent of Batch's injury has yet to be confirmed, I cannot help but think of Henry Bailey, a young agent wide receiver for the Steelers in 1997 who showed promise in camp only to fall to injury. He was back in 1998, but fell victim to a broken collar bone at the hands of Lee Flowers, a hit which drew an angry rebuke from Bill Cowher.
Hope is not lost, but by all reports this does not look good.
Steelers Sign "Veteran" Wide Receiver
After entertaining some high-profile wide receivers, have the Steelers in fact found their man?
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Steelers signed veteran wide receiver Kenny Moore. To make room from Moore, the Steelers waived rookie Adam Mimms. Free lance reporter Jim Wexell reports on Twitter that Moore has made three catches for 59 years with three fumbles with two lost fumbles during his illustrious NFL career.
For the record Kenny Moore played in 2009 for Carolina and in 2010 for the Colts.
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Polling Suspended (Again)
Bloggers polling plugin officially SUCKS. For weeks now I've watch as vote tallies on Steelers free agency, draft needs, and the draft itself go up... and then down.
Thanks to all of those who voted, but I'm taking the poll on Jarvis Jones down because there are 80% fewer votes now than yesterday afternoon....