Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season with a thumb injury, the team announced Monday. Cincinnati has lost three straight games and is only ahead of the Browns in the AFC North standings.
The Bengals also announced that they’ve acquired Tom Savage from the 49ers off waivers. Savage will likely compete for snaps with current second-string quarterback Jeff Driskel for the remainder of the season.
Driskel, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, received his first career regular-season snaps this year. On the other hand, Savage is a third-year player that had some success in the past as a starter for the Texans. The 5-6 Bengals aren’t far off from the 7-3-1 division-leading Steelers. Even though Dalton wasn’t having the best season, his replacement will likely be a significant downgrade.
Dalton ranks 18th in passing yards (2,566) and 11th in passing touchdowns (21). Only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sam Darnold and Ben Roethlisberger have thrown more interceptions than Dalton this season. Injuries to Tyler Eifert, A.J. Green and Joe Mixon have contributed to Dalton’s struggles, so he has had to try to find new ways to produce. Cincinnati’s defense has been the NFL’s worst, so that hasn’t made things easy on the offense.
Nevertheless, A.J. Green could return from a two-week absence against the Broncos this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Whoever ends up under center for the Bengals may have a difficult time against Denver’s pass-rush, but they’ll have to work for the best.