Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron injured his left (non-throwing) wrist on the last play of Monday’s overtime loss to the Denver Broncos, and might miss Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.
With the Bengals down 17-14 in overtime, McCarron mishandled a shotgun snap. Knowing the game would be over in Denver recovered, he tried to dive on the ball but DeMarcus Ware beat him to it, and McCarron badly jammed his hand and wrist into the turf.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported after the game that the injury was “significant,” and McCarron was scheduled for more tests on Tuesday afternoon. With Andy Dalton definitely out for the Ravens game with a broken thumb, the Bengals would either need McCarron to play with a brace on the injured wrist, or start Keith Wenning.
Wenning, Baltimore’s sixth-round pick in 2014 out of Ball State, has never played in a regular-season game. He spent the 2014 season on Baltimore’s practice squad, and started this season on Cincinnati’s practice squad. He was brought up to the main roster after Dalton’s thumb injury in mid-December.
The Bengals still have an outside shot at a first-round bye, which would become crucial since Dalton isn’t expected to be available for the wild-card round. To get the bye, the Bengals need to beat the Ravens while San Diego upsets Denver.