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Steelers Hosting Former 1st-Round Pick Paxton Lynch With QB Depth in Question

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback Paxton Lynch #2 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Oakland Raiders during the preseason game at CenturyLink Field on August 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers saw their 2019 campaign flash in the blink of an aye after Ben Roethlisberger was forced from Week 2's tilt against Seattle with an elbow injury.

Not long after, their doom was confirmed by a team statement, which revealed Big Ben would undergo elbow surgery this week, effectively ending his season. That leaves the fate of the campaign on the shoulders of second-stringer Mason Rudolph, but behind him, Pitt doesn't flaunt another viable back-up option.

Given their suspect QB depth, the Steelers are bringing in former first-rounder Paxton Lynch for a visit and workout on Tuesday, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

This dilemma could have been avoided if general manager Kevin Colbert didn't jump the gun and offload Josh Dobbs to the Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

And please don't hit us with the rebuttal that there's no way that Pittsburgh could have predicted Ben would have suffered a season-ending injury. Not only is Roethlisberger oft-injured, but he's also 37 years old and threatened to retire in 2018. Keeping three competent signal callers on your roster seemed like a no-brainer.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and the Steel City are practically forced to bring in a 2016 first-round bust in Lynch. In five career games for the Broncos (four starts), the Memphis product has completed just 61.4 percent of his passes, 79-of-128, for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.