Report: Dennis Dixon out six weeks

It turns out after surgery that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon will be out longer than expected.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting Dixon will be out for six weeks after having his lateral meniscus repaired in his left knee. He was injured this past Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, and early indications were Dixon could miss at least three weeks.

Barring injuries, this likely ends the Dixon experiment as a starter in Pittsburgh this season. Once he returns, franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be back in the fold and backup Byron Leftwich, who also has a knee injury, will be healthy as well.

On Sunday quarterback Charlie Batch will start for Pittsburgh (2-0) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) in a battle of undefeated teams.