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Steelers Roster: Mike Tomlin Finds 'Comfort' With 3 Quarterbacks

The Steelers are carrying three quarterbacks -- starter Ben Roethlisberger, obviously, plus backups Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch. They've also got Jerrod Johnson on the practice squad. That leaves them a bit thin on their 53-man roster, especially wide receiver. (The Steelers are only carrying four receivers -- Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery -- on their 53-man roster.) But head coach Mike Tomlin likes having three quarterbacks on the roster because it provides him with "comfort."

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"I always find comfort in the three. When I walk up and down these hallways and look at pictures of the '70s Steelers, when there were 45-man rosters, I saw three quarterbacks in those pictures. So, that's a little bit of a history lesson for me."

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As the Post-Gazette points out, it's not very likely that two starting quarterbacks would get injured in the same game, but with three older quarterbacks, I suppose it's good to be careful.

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For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

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