Ravens quarterback Dennis Dixon could probably just as easily have been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster this week instead of having rejoined the Baltimore practice squad.
In the wake of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury, Dixon said it was his understanding that he was under consideration for a spot in Pittsburgh prior to re-signing with Baltimore.
"I believe so," said Dixon, a former Steelers backup who started a 20-17 loss to the Ravens in 2009 when he completed 12 of 26 passes for one touchdown, running for another score and one interception. "My agent has gone back and forth with them. I's a different situation, but it is what it is. I'm happy to be here."
"I'm happy to be back, obviously just being with this good group of guys. Things happen the way they happen."
Dixon emphasized that he would remain with the Ravens going forward, but noted he still wants a shot at playing time down the road.
"Obviously, I want to play," Dixon said. "If the opportunity arises, I would have to go forward with that. That's not the situation, though. I'm happy just to be here."
The Ravens cut rookie safety Omar Brown to create a spot for Dixon on the practice squad.
As far as Dixon imparting knowledge about the Steelers' playbook, Ravens coach John Harbaugh downplayed that as a factor considering the changes that new offensive coordinator Todd Haley has brought to Pittsburgh with his arrival this season.
"Not really a lot," Harbaugh said. "Obviously, it's a different offense now. We've studied those guys over the years. Dennis is focusing on being the best quarterback he can be and learning our system."