If you're sitting in your A.J. McCarron jersey, waiting for the rookie's opportunity to thrive as he calmly takes over as the team's starting quarterback, you're going to be waiting for a long time. Recent news about Andy Dalton kind of makes it unlikely (and who is to say that McCarron is the better option?). But according to the mothership, McCarron isn't going to be practicing any time soon because of his shoulder.
Then McCarron showed up at camp with a recurrence of shoulder tightness, but it looks like he’s not coming off PUP anytime soon and that the Bengals think he needs a long rehab. Whether that means starting the season with him on PUP (and not practice the first six weeks of the regular season), putting him on injured reserve for the rest of the year, or putting him on the final 53 remains to be seen.
Cincinnati selected McCarron in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft, adding depth to a position that needs stability behind Dalton. Jason Campbell, who left the game with a bum elbow, "isn't hurt seriously" and will likely retain his spot as the team's backup.
However, Matt Scott, against the lowest-placed players on Kansas City's roster, sure did make things interesting.