Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron suffered a wrist sprain on the final play of Monday night’s loss against the Broncos and the injury is significant, according to a source who spoke with Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The injury is on the left wrist and McCarron, a right-handed QB, is intent on playing in Week 17 if possible. However, the Bengals won’t know his status for sure until later in the week. The good news here is that an MRI has shown that there is no fracture (link).
Losing McCarron for the regular season finale against the Ravens would only be half bad. If the AFC North champs are forced to go into the playoffs without the services of the Alabama QB, they’ll have to turn to Keith Wenning, the former Ball State quarterback who was selected by in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. Wenning, of course, was lined up as the Bengals’ third-string QB before a thumb injury sidelined starter Andy Dalton.
In order for the Bengals to get a first round bye, they’ll need to beat the Ravens in Week 17 and get a Broncos loss as they face the Chargers.