Dennis Dixon will start at quarterback for the Steelers when they open the season Sunday against Atlanta at Heinz Field.
Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that today after Dixon ran the first-team offense in practice and Charlie Batch ran the second team.
Dixon has made one start and just two appearances in his first two seasons with the Steelers. The Steelers were preparing Byron Leftwich to be their starter during Ben Roethlisberger's four-game suspension, but Leftwich will miss two to four weeks after a sprained MCL to his left knee in the second quarter of Thursday night's final preseason game.
While Batch was the safer choice, Dixon offers more upside and his presence in the lineup helps the fantasy value of the other Steeler offensive players.