For the fifth year in a row, the Cincinnati Bengals will be playing on Wild Card weekend. However it looks like they’ll be without the quarterback for the first four, Andy Dalton. Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed as much Monday, saying that the team is preparing to have A.J. McCarron be the starter for their game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lewis did not provide any updates on Dalton’s condition. He did, however, tell The MMQB’s Peter King on Saturday that Dalton remains “very optimistic” even if the team’s doctors aren’t quite as enthusiastic about pushing his broken thumb.
“I feel he’s got an opportunity to play next weekend,” Lewis said, “but we’re going to err on the side of caution.”
Dalton is due to see a hand specialist on Monday. If given the OK, he will have his cast removed and start working out with his right hand again.
McCarron has performed adequately in place of Dalton, although he has averaged only 28 passes per game.
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