As expected, Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that quarterback Dennis Dixon has a meniscus injury to his left knee and will undergo surgery at 8 a.m. Wednesday to repair it.
Tomlin is holding off saying how long Dixon will be out - or if he'll be placed on injured reserve until after the surgery.
On the plus side, it appears that Byron Leftwich, Casey Hampton and Max Starks will all be healthy enough to play this week.
Even with Leftwich healthy, Tomlin said he's leaning toward Charlie Batch starting Sunday against the Tampa Bay Bucs based on the health issues. That could change over the course of the week.
Guard Trai Essex will be limited this week with an ankle injury. If he can't play, Doug Legursky - not Ramon Foster - would start at right guard.
Jason Worilds and Emmanuel Sanders will also practice all week after sitting out last week.