Steelers confident in 'old guy' Charlie Batch

Charlie Batch of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the

Charlie Batch of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off to teammate Rashard Mendenhall against the St. Louis Rams. (Dec. 24, 2011) (Credit: Getty Images)

Mike Wallace is in his fourth season with the Steelers, so the wide receiver is familiar with all this talk about Charlie Batch.

Asked if he is concerned that the man throwing the ball to him Sunday soon will be 38 years old, Wallace shrugged. "He's been old," he said. "It's not like he just got old. Chuck's been old since I got here. It's nothing new."

Neither is Batch making a fill-in start for his hometown Steelers (6-4), who are at Cleveland (2-8) this weekend. For the eighth time since he signed with Pittsburgh 11 years ago, Batch will start at quarterback. He's 5-2 in those games.

No Steeler is older than Batch, whose birthday is Dec. 5. He spent his first four seasons with Detroit, but only nose tackle Casey Hampton was with Pittsburgh before Batch arrived.

"They say Charlie built the building," Willie Colon said.

Teammates may enjoy yukking it up about Batch's age, but they're happy they have him as a third-string quarterback after injuries sidelined Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich.

"I feel comfortable with Charlie," Wallace said. "I feel like he can lead us to victory any game he plays in.''

 

Bills' McKelvin rung up

Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin apologized after confirming he had been ticketed $75 for refusing to follow a crew member's order during a Tuesday flight from New York to Buffalo.

According to a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police report, McKelvin refused to comply with a request to turn off his cellphone and place the bag under his seat into an overhead compartment. He was fined upon arrival in Buffalo.

 

Around the league

Cornerback Tracy Porter will travel with the Broncos for Sunday's game in Kansas City. He hasn't played since Oct. 7, as doctors have tried to regulate medication he needs after having a seizure this past summer . . . Beanie Wells has recovered from knee and toe problems and will be in the Cardinals' backfield Sunday against the Rams.

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