With Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton out due to a thumb injury, AJ McCarron has stepped up as his replacement and led the Bengals into overtime on Monday night against the Broncos. Ultimately, McCarron fumbled the ball on the last play of the game and injured his wrist in the process, according to reports out of Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday after the game.
McCarron hurt left wrist on final play. It's wrapped. Says he doesn't know how bad it is. Will get it checked tomorrow.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 29, 2015
The Bengals have now seen two quarterbacks injure their hand in just three games, both injuries coming on awful turnovers.
In his postgame press conference, McCarron took the blame for dropping the final snap of the game, which was recovered by the Broncos to put an end to overtime. He also said he felt he let the team down. Per Geoff Hobson, McCarron said he was looking for how the Broncos' defense adjusted to A.J. Green in motion and took his eye off the ball during the snap. Center Russell Bodine was less willing to take the blame.
Bengals center Russell Bodine: "I haven't seen the last play. Not sure what happened." He said it was a dummy snap count.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 29, 2015
When asked how his wrist will affect him going forward, McCarron said he is hoping it won't be an issue.
hopefully wrist won't keep me out next week McCarron says— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) December 29, 2015
McCarron on if his wrist injury will keep him out: I hope not.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 29, 2015
As of now, the severity of the injury is unknown. What is known is the injury is to his left hand and that it was being iced after the game.
It's now possible that quarterback Keith Wenning will start the Bengals' final game of the 2015 regular season next weekend against the Baltimore Ravens, on an abbreviated week for the Bengals, coming off of Monday Night Football. Wenning was promoted from the practice squad after Dalton's injury and was active for the first time in his career last Sunday against the 49ers. Wenning has never thrown an NFL pass in a regular-season game.