Bengals Eyeing Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder

In the wake of Andy Dalton‘s broken right thumb – widely thought to be a season-ender – the Bengals are considering their options at quarterback. The Bengals have reached out to both Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder as they look for QB support, a league source told PFT.

At present, A.J. McCarron is the only other quarterback on the active roster and therefore is slated to take over as the starter. The Bengals also have Keith Wenning on the taxi squad and he seems like a candidate for promotion, but one that would be largely unproven should the injury bug bite McCarron. Last year’s No. 2 QB Jason Campbell could, theoretically, also get a call, but he has made it clear that he is staying retired.

Dalton will assuredly miss next week’s contest against the 49ers, and even in a best case scenario, he’ll likely miss the following week’s game against Denver. That contest, which had always loomed large on the schedule, has taken on extra importance as both clubs vie for those top two seeds. If Dalton misses the remainder of the regular season, he’ll also be be out for Cincinnati’s final regular season game against division foe Baltimore.

The man tasked with guiding the Bengals through that gauntlet in the absence of Dalton will be McCarron, Cincinnati’s fifth-round pick in last year’s draft. The 25-year-old didn’t play a single snap last season (and notably, was unable to even practice, having been relegated to the non-football injury list all year), and until this week, had seen just three snaps in relief of Dalton. Against the Steelers today, McCarron completed 22 of 32 attempts for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

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6 comments on “Bengals Eyeing Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder

  1. TJECK109

    As a steelers fan I was impressed by AJ yesterday. Whether he can do the same when the opposing team has time to game plan for him is another story.

  2. Ap1556

    Sign Tebow

  3. json-api

    Mallet seems the best of a lot of bad options.

  4. steelman

    As a Steeler fan also glad to hear Dalton does not need surgery. Agree AJ did a good job just getting thrown into the fire. Dalton is a much better qb than his given credit even by his own fans! He will be missed…

  5. Nobby

    Mallet is not much of an option.

  6. Mallett to Ravens and did Ponder refuse? I think he has some weird secret handshake arrangement with the Broncos to not play for another team this season. He is a guy who can win agaibst tough oppponents. He did beat Green Bay. Only qb from Minnesota to beat Green Bay since ..? Favre?

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