Morning Jolt: Tuesday, September 21

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Dixon to miss five weeks?

Charlie Batch may be Pittsburgh's only option at quarterback in Week 3. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged that Batch's history of injuries worked against him. He looked to be the quarterback they would release to start the season. And here he is, the only healthy one on their roster with a chance to start the Steelers' next game Sunday in Tampa, Fla. The news on the latest injury to a Steelers quarterback may not be as good as they had hoped Sunday after Dennis Dixon's left knee was injured in their 19-11 victory at Tennessee. One source close to the situation said that Dixon has a torn lateral meniscus, which could keep him out 3-5 weeks. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

Lidge back in form just in time

Brad Lidge didn't get much credit for shutting the Braves down in the ninth Monday night, but that may be all the credit he needs. [When] he struck out Derrek Lee swinging to end the game, padding the Phillies' lead to four games with 11 to play, the roar of approval from the packed blue seats was loud and heartfelt. Afterward, though, not so much. Lidge's 1-2-3 save went unremarked upon in manager Charlie Manuel's postgame postmortem. Which, in a way, is a silent acknowledgment of just how far Lidge has come. ... [Since July 31, when Lidge had a 5.57 ERA], Lidge has pitched in 20 games, has an 0.92 earned run average and has cashed in 13 of 14 save opportunities. (Philadelphia Daily News)Comment

Williams thought of quitting post-Decision

Credit Mo Williams for his honesty. [Williams] is 27, healthy and has three years and $26 million remaining on his Cleveland Cavaliers contract. But none of that mattered much to him this summer after he watched LeBron James leave the Cavs to join the Miami Heat. Williams said he was so depressed by James' exit that he considered walking away from the NBA. "That's how bad it got," Williams said. "I contemplated it. I really sat down and envisioned life after basketball. ... I really saw myself not playing. It just didn't make sense to me. ... It doesn't make sense to me." (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Must-See Photo

Mariano Rivera laid flowers at home plate during the ceremony at Yankee Stadium honoring the life of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. (AP)

Must-See Video

Brett Favre is having trouble with his wide receivers in Minnesota.

Game To Watch

Braves at Phillies, 7:05 ET, SPSP and CSN

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This Day in Sports

  • 1940 -- The first triple dead heat photo finish in horse racing takes place.
  • 1994 -- The North Carolina women's soccer team wins its 89th straight game to set an unofficial record for longest winning streak in college sports.
  • 2008 -- The New York Yankees play their final game at Yankee Stadium, defeating the Baltimore Orioles.