Though no final decision has been made, it appears the Cincinnati Bengals will be moving forward with A.J. McCarron for Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The AP’s Joe Kay reported the news from head coach Marvin Lewis.
— Joe Kay (@apjoekay) January 4, 2016
Andy Dalton fractured his thumb in the second meeting with the Steelers and has yet to play since. His has reportedly had his case removed but is looking more and more unlikely to suit up for the first round.
McCarron has played reasonably well, though not great, in relief of Dalton. He’s thrown six touchdowns to just two interceptions, and ended the season with two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens yesterday. Against Pittsburgh, he threw for a season-high 280 yards with two touchdowns, and two interceptions. A lot of those yards did come late in the game with the Steelers’ victory locked up.
The Bengals are looking for their first Wild Card win since 1990. They are 0-6 in their last six attempts, including falling to the Indianapolis Colts 26-10 last year.