CINCINNATI – Andy Dalton for the remainder of the season with an injured finger on his passing hand, another important blow to the Bengals team that collapsed last month.
Dalton reached for the ball and felt there was someone land on the right hand during the 35-20 defeat by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the fifth loss of Cincinnati in his last six games.
Just like that, a season that began with such promise has turned into a dive.
Cincinnati (5-6) without his lawyer or any hope that things will get much better down the stretch. Dalton Bengals put on injured reserve after he had more tests and a medical report Monday that the best way to get the thumb healed.
This is the same finger that Dalton broke down, making a tackle on interception return against the Steelers in 2015, he missed the last three games of the regular season and 18-16 in the game the Steelers losing the first round of the playoffs at Paul Brown Stadium,
Jeff Driskell begins Bengals rest of the way, gets his first chance to lead the team in his third NFL season. Bengals claimed quarterback Tom Savage off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers as a backup on Monday.
"The more you get out there, and the more you play well, the more confident you are going to get yourself and the people around you," said Driskel Monday.
Dalton completed 62 percent of his passes at 2566 yards with 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a passer rating of 89.6, the third largest of its eight car & # 39; EASURES.
Even with Dalton, the Bengals did not do much, except for the loss.
After a 4-1 start, which raised them to the top of the AFC North, the Bengals have lost five of six and fell to third place. It is their worst stretch since 2016, when they went 1-5-1 in the middle of the schedule and finished 6-9-1, ending his streak of five straight playoff games.
After Dalton was injured on Sunday, Driskel came in and threw his first car & # 39; career touchdown pass and ran for another as the Browns went conservative by a wide margin. Cleveland threw the ball only four times in the second half and played softer on defense. Driskel was 17 of 29 for 155 yards.
Coordinator Bill Lazor said Monday that Driskel showed his ability to lead the offense in his limited opportunities.
"I think the guys see it, and it's an important part," said Lazor. "You can not persuade them to feel good about someone; they must earn. And he deserved it every day in practice and in preseason games. "
With Driskel running the offense, the Bengals had five false start penalties – every other player – and one for illegal change in the fourth quarter. Driskel believes that the work with the original crime, in practice this week will fix the problem.
"The more time you can get in and out of the huddle with those guys and hear the tone, say, intonation, it's just useful," he said. "I do not think it helps to come off the bench."
Of the five games left and Dalton hurt the Bengals faced with a big problem.
"They have to do it," said coach Marvin Lewis. "They have to dig."
Cornerback Tony McRae suffered a concussion in the third quarter. Medical personnel tied it to the back and wheeled him off the field, worried he might have a spinal injury. Lewis said Monday that McRae suffered a concussion, but no spinal injury.
Hue GAME BALL
Lewis did not have anything to say about the security Browns Randall Damariaus handing the ball Hue Jackson after he caught one of the passes of Dalton on Sunday.
"I do not want to comment on a player, someone else," Lewis said.
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