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Report: McCarron has wrist sprain, could play Sunday

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Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron suffered a sprained left wrist during Monday night’s loss to the Broncos.

Citing a source, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday that an MRI on McCarron’s non-throwing arm revealed no fracture and that there’s still a chance he plays next Sunday vs. the Ravens, though in a separate tweet Rapoport called the sprain “significant.”

The Bengals have clinched the AFC North. They’d only get a first-round playoff bye if they win Sunday and the Broncos lose to the Chargers.

The other healthy quarterback on the roster is Keith Wenning, a 2014 Ravens draft pick who’s never played in a regular season game.

When Andy Dalton fractured his thumb two weeks ago, the Bengals called Christian Ponder and Ryan Mallett, who’s since signed with the Ravens. The team ended up promoting Wenning from the practice squad. The Bengals haven’t provided any timetable on Dalton.

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23 Responses to “Report: McCarron has wrist sprain, could play Sunday”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2015 1:20 PM

    I’d tell The Red Rooster to keep healing and find out if Brady Jr has what it takes to win in the playoffs.

    We already know The Red Rooster doesn’t.

  2. ctiggs says: Dec 29, 2015 1:32 PM

    Paging Tim Tebow, Paging Tim Tebow

  3. hallaudermilsmithsteen says: Dec 29, 2015 1:36 PM

    Two very good QB options and a healthy Eifert for the rematch in Denver… Bengals will have to like their chances in that game. I imagine Hue Jackson would like a do over with the conservative play calling in the second and third quarters. This team could easily get on a run and make some noise.

  4. joedirte says: Dec 29, 2015 1:42 PM

    Call the ole Gun Slinger out of retirement because at least farve can throw it to AJ Green and Sanu down field. Because you have no chance with the other AJ.

  5. jocko1181 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:46 PM

    Turning into Arizona’s 2014 season real quick here.

    Personally, if it’s at all questionable sit him this week along with the other key guys and use this as a bye week. The outside chance of backing into the bye not worth risking going into the playoffs with Keith Wenning as your starting QB. Plus, if Denver loses and KC wins, they still back-in anyways.

    Go all-in on being ready for Wild Card game. Get Pacman’s foot as healthy as they can, they need his ability to make a couple of field position flipping punt returns big time. DON’T risk Eifert or AJ. That team was in an OT war in the cold last night in the altitude, best move is to let your best rest up and recover for the game that matters most.

  6. whodeybengals1623 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:47 PM

    Actually, Bengals also get the bye even if they lose to Baltimore if Denver loses and KC wins (KC wins the AFC West and Bengals hold the tie-breaker over them).

    So, if Denver wins, Denver gets the bye. If Denver loses, Bengals get the bye if they win or KC wins. I think there’s little chance that Oakland beats a hot KC team trying to win a division on the road, and assuming that outcome, the bye is determined by Denver’s win or loss alone – Bengals’ win or loss is irrelevant.

    If I’m the Bengals, I’d almost (note I said “almost”) be willing to take that chance and use this week to rest the injured/get ready for the first playoff game without risking additional injuries.

  7. cymbaline6 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:57 PM

    The football gods hate us. I imagine Florio would blame it on the curse of Bo Jackson.

    I’m hoping that McCarron can play Sunday. We can still get that first round bye if we win and the Broncos lost, and we could really use it.

  8. mysterytonite says: Dec 29, 2015 2:04 PM

    “Two very good QB options and a healthy Eifert for the rematch in Denver… Bengals will have to like their chances in that game. I imagine Hue Jackson would like a do over with the conservative play calling in the second and third quarters. This team could easily get on a run and make some noise.”

    Yeah Hue got conservative with the play calling but some of that had a lot to do with Denver adjusting at halftime, give them credit, their d really showed up with surprising stamina after being on the filed for almost 22 minutes in the first half.

    “If I’m the Bengals, I’d almost (note I said “almost”) be willing to take that chance and use this week to rest the injured/get ready for the first playoff game without risking additional injuries.”

    I kind of agree but McCarron needs all the reps he can get to get ready for the playoffs if Dalton isn’t ready. Unless he is losing a limb he plays this weekend.

  9. watermelon1 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:08 PM

    Wenning looked really good for the Ravens last preseason. Would be hilarious if he ends up leading Bengals to the Super Bowl!

  10. vottorific says: Dec 29, 2015 2:09 PM

    Not a fan of rookie QB’s. Last nights game did not change my mind. Made me realize how good Dalton really is. I believe if Dalton had been healthy Bengals win easy. Rookie could not figure out zone defense, Dalton was great at it.

  11. dcapettini says: Dec 29, 2015 2:11 PM

    Look for Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown to screw this up. They will emerge from what is essentially a meaningless game with Baltimore with only one dinged up QB instead of two. Maybe Baltimore will let them have Schaub or Claussen. I think that they are going to try to keep Mallet. Of course there is always the possibility that McCarron will re-injure the wrist and they will bring in Howdy Doody and he will go the same route as Romo. And then there were none.

  12. bengalsfan2079 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:11 PM

    AJ has been upgraded to probable but there’s no sense in risking injury if it hurts bad that he can’t go. As much as it sucks to not have Dalton it would be even worse if a serviceable backup were to go down with him. Heck I wouldn’t be opposed to letting Sanu just play qb lol. Have him go Ronnie Brown. Starting Wenning would be just like the Cardinals having to play Lindley in a playoff game.

    I mean they may end up kicking out anyways somehow if the Chiefs can beat the Raiders (likely) and Denver loses to San Diego. I know the Chargers are crap this year but they’re not far off of having a few more wins and they still got a top 5-7 qb in Rivers. Anything can happened I mean the Steelers got beat by Mallet so I will hold out hopes something can happened this weekend.

  13. jocko1181 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:25 PM

    Fellow Bengals fans need to come off the ledge:

    We’re hosting a Playoff Game regardless.

    We lost by 3 in OT on the road, in Denver (literally the toughest atmosphere), to another really good team, with our QB making his 2nd start against the #1 defense.

    And I’m sure everyone will point to history recently, but be real with yourselves:

    2011: No business being in playoffs, were major underdog against Houston.
    2012: Best defense of this era, but offense still stunk and were legit underdog on road and narrowly lost.
    2013: This was the choke job, plain and simple.
    2014: Mohammed Sanu, Cobi Hamilton and Greg Little flanked out wide…enough said.

    This year’s team is the best team overall. The Dalton injury is horrible timing but if McCarron can nearly win last night, I give him a legit good chance against a lesser defense at home with Eifert back. Who knows, maybe Dalton comes back WC round…seems unlikely but not impossible. Win 1 game as the favorite should and watch this team make a push for Super Bowl.

    Get off the ledge…at least we don’t root for Cleveland.

  14. oldassgoat says: Dec 29, 2015 2:54 PM

    Denver won’t lose to San Diego, so that means Bengals will host Jets in wild card, get it handed to them and be one and done 6 years in a row. Cinci fan won’t even sell out their stadium for this game without the help of Kroger’s.

  15. oldassgoat says: Dec 29, 2015 2:55 PM

    Oh, you’ve been on the ledge and tripped over your own feet for 5 years, nothing has changed.

  16. wallabear says: Dec 29, 2015 3:08 PM

    ‘Bama QBs suck (McCarron/Bungals) — “one & done!”
    USC QBs suck (Palmer/Cardinals) — “one & done!”

  17. jocko1181 says: Dec 29, 2015 3:19 PM

    Can’t argue with the Kroeger’s comment Goat. Honestly think that the fans turn on that team so fast it only adds to the pressure this team faces in these big games. First time something goes wrong in a few weeks guarantee you crowd gets restless. It’s pathetic.

    They booed an 8-0 team. Enough said.

  18. angrypurplebirds says: Dec 29, 2015 3:43 PM

    “Maybe Baltimore will let them have Schaub or Claussen. I think that they are going to try to keep Mallet.”

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    Mallet is already signed through next year.

  19. fanboyarmy says: Dec 29, 2015 3:52 PM

    Bronco fan here. AJ impressed the hell out of me last night! Good QB. I thought your season was over when Dalton was hurt, far from it. Carry on.

  20. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Dec 29, 2015 4:07 PM

    The Ravens’ big game was last week. Nothing sweeter than sweeping the Steelers and sending their nasty fans packing after watching them blow their life savings in a superior city. LOL.

  21. vottorific says: Dec 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    Jocko1181. Well said. Bengals have a legit opportunity here.

  22. colt13 says: Dec 29, 2015 4:36 PM

    Start Tiger Blood #Wenning in week 17 and save AJ for the playoffs. The AFC is such that if Big Ben doesn’t make it, the only QB’s with playoff wins are Brady and Alex Smith(all of his wins in the NFC). AJ/Andy, Hoyer/Weeden, Fitzpatrick and Osweiler would all be looking for their first.

  23. Knute's Knuggets says: Dec 29, 2015 7:33 PM

    joetoronto says: I’d tell The Red Rooster to keep healing and find out if Brady Jr has what it takes to win in the playoffs.
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    I thought maybe if it got posted a second time it would make sense . . . I was wrong.

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