Enquirer beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Fletcher Page break down the Bengals 35-20 loss to the Browns.
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Andy Dalton’s season is over.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback was placed on injured reserve Monday after being sidelined with a right thumb injury during Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Dalton suffered the injury in the third quarter while trying to recover a bad snap.
Former backup Jeff Driskel will prepare for his first career start Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium.
“You have to focus every week, knowing the game plan like you’re going to play because you never know when your number is going to be called,” Driskel said Monday before Dalton’s status became official. “My routine is going to stay the same and come Sunday I’ll be ready to go regardless of who is in there.”
Driskel completed 17 of 29 passes for 155 yards and scored a passing touchdown, the first of Driskel’s three-year career, and a rushing touchdown Sunday in relief.
“I was impressed with Jeff and really we’ve been impressed with him every time he’s gone in a game,” said Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. “He’s poised.”
Dalton is the 12th Bengals player added to IR this season. His season ends after he completed 226 of 335 pass attempts (61.9 percent) for 2,566 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
This is the second time a right thumb injury cut his season short. He fractured his right thumb in Week 13 of the 2015 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals were 10-2 before losing Dalton, finished the regular season 2-2 and lost to the Steelers in the playoffs.
The Bengals acquired quarterback Tom Savage off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Savage, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, has appeared in 13 career games (all for the Houston Texans), including nine starts, and completed 181 of 315 passes for 2000 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions.