Steelers sign QB Paxton Lynch to practice squad

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Paxton Lynch passes during warmups before a Seattle Seahawks preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have added a former first-round quarterback, signing Paxton Lynch to their practice squad Tuesday.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Lynch’s practice squad eligibility “provides awesome flexibility for us where we can infuse him into the culture and teach him and evaluate him without occupying a 53-man roster spot.”

Lynch, a free agent, was the Denver Broncos’ first-round draft pick in 2016. He played two seasons in Denver but was released before the 2018 season. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in January but was waived during final roster cuts in August.

It was announced yesterday that Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season after sustaining a right elbow injury late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Seattle.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required.

The Steelers said Mason Rudolph will be taking over at quarterback, and Devlin Hodges was brought up from the practice squad.

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