Steelers Baron Batch Happy To Be Back

Steelers running back Baron Batch finished Thursday night's 24-23 preseason loss against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia as the team's leading rusher, gaining 41 yards on 19 carries, good for just a meager 2.2 yards per carry average.

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The stats aren't a big deal, though, when one considers Batch hadn't seen game action in almost two years before getting the bulk of Pittsburgh's carries on Thursday. A devastating knee injury last summer cost him all of the 2011 season, so batch told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette he was simply thrilled to get back on the field.

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"That was the first time I've done some of that stuff," said Batch, whose ACL was torn in camp before the first preseason game last year. "When we did goal line in practice, I didn't go. That was my first live since I hurt my knee. It was just good to be back out there and get one under my belt."

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The Steelers selected Batch out of Texas Tech in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-10, 210 pound Midland, Texas native picked up 816 yards and five touchdowns during his final season with the Red Raiders in 2010.

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For the latest on the Steelers, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh and check out Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Steelers blog.

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