CINCINNATI – Andy Dalton is out for the rest of & # 39; season with & # 39; half low on his passing hand, another significant blow to a team & # 39; Bengals that dropped last month.
Dalton reached a spilled ball and someone had landed on his right hand while wheel & # 39; 35-20 at Cleveland Browns Sunday, the fifth loss & # 39; Cincinnati f & # 39; the last six matches.
Just like that, a season that began with so much promise has turned into unpleasant.
Cincinnati (5-6) is without its quarterback or much hope that things will be much better in the range. The Bengals put to Dalton on injured reserve after having had further tests and medical opinions Monday about the best way to get the bird healed.
It's the same thumb which broke Dalton while dealing with a return on & # 39; interception against the Steelers in 2015. He missed the last three games of the regular season and lost & # 39; 18-16 to the Steelers in & # 39; the first round playoff game at & # 39; Paul Brown Stadium.
Jeff Driskel will start for the Bengals the rest of the way, and earned the first chance led his third season in the team & # 39; the NFL. The Bengals quarterback Tom Savage asked exemptions from the San Francisco 49ers as a backup on Monday.
"The more and more you also get there, you will get more confidence in yourself and the people & # 39; around", said Driskel Monday.
Dalton went 62 percent of his passes for 2566 yards with & # 39; 21 touchdowns, 11 interception and rate & # 39; passer to 89.6, the third highest of his career & # 39; eight years.
Even with & # 39; Dalton, the Bengals were not making much, except that miss.
After starting & # 39; adding them 4-1 at the AFC North, the Bengals have lost five of six and fell to third place. It is their average worse than 2016, when they went 1-5-1 in the middle & # 39; schedule and finished 6-9-1, and ended their downward spiral & # 39; five straight playoff assessments.
After Dalton got boring Sunday, Driskel came and issued the first step & # 39; touchdown of his career and ran for another as the Browns went conservative with a big lead. Cleveland issued four ball & # 39; only times in the second half and had more flaws on defense. Driskel was 17 of 29 for 155 yard.
The coordinator Bill Lazor said Monday that Driskel demonstrated his ability to lead the offense in his limited opportunities.
"I think anybody watched, and that is the important part," said Lazor. "You can not talk to in a good feeling about someone, they jiggwadanjawha. And he earned every day in practice and in games & # 39; pre-season."
Does & # 39; Driskel running the offense, the Bengals had five penalties & # 39; false start – each from a different player – and one for illegal change in the fourth & # 39; quarter. Driskel think that working with the starting offense in practice this week will fix the problems.
"The more time you are able to get and & # 39; outside the huddle with & # 39; those guys, listen & # 39; the cadence, ie Kadence, is only & # 39; benefit," he said. "I do not think it helps to get out of the bank."
B & # 39; five games left and Dalton hurt, the Bengals are facing a major challenge.
"They had to do it," said coach Marvin Lewis. "We digging."
Cornerback Tony McRae suffered a concussion in the third quarter. The medical staff strapped him to a backboard and wheeled him from the field, concerned can & # 39; have a back injury. Lewis said Monday that McRae had a concussion but no back injury.
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Lewis had nothing x & # 39; understand safety brown Damarious Randall said the ball to Hue Jackson after one intercepted passes & # 39; Dalton on Sunday.
"I do not want to comment on someone else", said Lewis.