Ramifications of Baron Batch's injury

Earlier the AFC North blog hyped rookie tailback Baron Batch as one of the sleepers in Pittsburgh Steelers training camp. Unfortunately, Batch later suffered a potentially serious knee injury towards the end of Wednesday's practice.

BatchBatchThere is no official word from the team on Batch's injury, but the early reports aren't good. Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that a "popping sound" could be heard at the end of Batch's run. Batch immediately waved over the trainers and could not put weight on his left leg. The injury sounds like ligament damage in the knee.

The potential ramifications of Batch's injury are not huge for the Steelers, even if Batch is lost for several months or the entire season. The rookie seventh-round pick was Pittsburgh's biggest surprise in camp. But the Steelers were not counting on Batch.

Pittsburgh has plenty of depth at tailback with Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore. Batch was a candidate for the third or fourth tailback spot or the practice squad.

The worst-case scenario is this injury ends a feel-good story. Batch started as a longshot and was pushing hard for a roster spot with the reigning AFC champs. That doesn't happen often. But Batch will get another chance to prove himself once he returns to health.