Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton, 28, on Sunday afternoon suffered a broken right thumb during the first quarter of the Bengals 33-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Ohio.
ESPN reporter Bob Holtzman reports that Dalton’s injury to his throwing hand will sideline him for the remaining three regular season football games on the Bengals regular season schedule.
Dalton will be seeing a specialist in Cincinnati on Monday to determine the severity of his thumb injury. A. J, McCarron who is in second season in the National Football League will be making his first start as a quarterback in the league next Sunday when the San Fransisco 49ers will be hosting the Bengals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California.
The Bengals (10-3) are currently in first place in the American Football Conference North Division. The Bengals have not won a playoff game since the 1990 football season when they defeated the Houston Oilers who are now the Tennessee Titans in the American Football Conference Wild Card Game on January 6, 1991.
Dalton who has been the starting quarterback of the Bengals since the 2011 National Football League season as a rookie will be missing his first start in his career next Sunday.
McCarron replaced Dalton for the remainder of the football game versus the Steelers. Since McCarron is the only quarterback on the Bengals roster, the Bengals are likely to sign a quarterback from the free agent market, a quarterback who is their practice team or a quarterback from the practice team from another team in the league since it would be impractical to go with one quarterback on their 53 man active roster.
The 49ers on the other side of the coin will relish the role of playing spoiler to the Bengals next week since they are not in contention to make the playoffs for the second straight football season.