"Next man up" only works as a philosophy when the next man up is capable. That's why one injury we learned about Monday stands apart from the rest.
The Pittsburgh Steelers can't afford to fall behind any more in the AFC North, but backup quarterback Byron Leftwich's broken ribs will thrust 37-year-old quarterback Charlie Batch into the spotlight for a team that's desperately searching for wins. Suddenly, a game against the Cleveland Browns looks like a toss-up.
All of the injuries above are costly, but the Steelers' problems stand out most. They were forced to call on free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress because Antonio Brown (ankle) and Jerricho Cotchery (rib) are hurt. That's the act of a desperate team. The Steelers need help -- and some tough wins -- to avoid tumbling in the AFC standings.
Here are the rest of the injuries we'll be tracking all week: