Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 6:16pm
The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing as if quarterback A.J. McCarron will start Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
McCarron has started Cincinnati's past three games in place of Andy Dalton, who is sidelined with a broken thumb on his throwing hand.
Dalton is scheduled to meet with doctors Monday and hopes to have the cast removed from his right hand, but the Bengals still are uncertain whether the two-time Pro Bowler will be available against Pittsburgh.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Bengals QB Andy Dalton (right thumb, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. AJ McCarron (left wrist, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. McCarron is expected to play against the Ravens.
Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:31pm
S George Iloka (groin)
LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), T Jake Fisher (concussion), LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring)
S Omar Bolden (hamstring), QB Peyton Manning (foot)
LB Todd Davis (shoulder), S Darian Stewart (hamstring), S T.J. Ward (ankle)
RB C.J. Anderson (back, ankle), WR Andre Caldwell (quadricep), TE Owen Daniels (knee, knee), WR Bennie Fowler (ankle), G Evan Mathis (ankle), LB Lerentee McCray (hamstring), QB Brock Osweiler (left shoulder), DE Vance Walker (shoulder), LB DeMarcus Ware (back)
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 3:02pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (concussion, out) has been ruled out for Week 15. Eifert’s absence means that A.J. Green and Marvin Jones are a bit more attractive, though the loss of Andy Dalton doesn’t help.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
The Cincinnati Bengals got a modicum of good news Monday.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that quarterback Andy Dalton won't need surgery on his fractured right thumb. Dalton will not play in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers, per Lewis, and the team will take it week by week to determine his availability.
There is hope Dalton can return for the playoffs, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, but will depend on how quickly he heals.
Dalton was knocked out in the first quarter of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers after suffering the injury attempting to make a tackle.
With Dalton's timetable up in the air, second-year pro AJ McCarron will make his first career start. The 25-year-old fifth-round draft pick put up 280 yards with two touchdowns and two costly picks in relief of Dalton on Sunday. Dalton is hopeful to return Week 17, the story said, but even that isn't set in stone. Owners should make plans to be without Dalton for at least Week 15, but probably longer.
And suddenly, the Bengals’ best season in the 16-game era went from a coronation to a wake in a matter of seconds Sunday with quarterback Andy Dalton maybe out for the rest of the year pending Monday’s examination by a hand specialist.
At this point there's nothing solid until Dalton meets with the doctor.
“I’ll know more [Monday],” said Dalton, who broke his throwing thumb making the tackle on defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt at the Steelers 7 after he intercepted Dalton’s shovel pass on the Bengals’ first drive with five minutes left in the first quarter.
“When I got to the sidelines, I tried to grip the ball. I felt like it was a little bruise that I could try and get through. Then I went and got the X-Ray,” said Dalton, who has never missed a start in his career. “Mentally I’m fine. It’s unfortunate it happened at this point in the season. But I’ll do everything I can to get back as quickly as I can to help the team. I’m doing all right. There are people way worse off than I am.”
Head coach Marvin Lewis ruled him out for next Sunday’s game in San Francisco. But with Dalton confirming a fractured throwing thumb it looks like a daunting timetable that may be in the four-to-six-week range and could spell the end of the best season of his career. AJ McCarron would finish out the season but figure on a downgrade for the Bengal WRs. TE Tyler Eifert was concussed and would also be a huge loss if he misses time. The Bengal attack may very well shift to the running game.