AJ McCarron hopeful to play after MRI reveals sprained wrist

Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron suffered a wrist injury on the last play of Monday's overtime loss in Denver.

Ron Chenoy

The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping AJ McCarron will be able to play this Sunday’s regular season finale after an MRI revealed a sprained left wrist.

Since the injury occurred to McCarron’s non-throwing hand, the Bengals believe McCarron will be able to play against Baltimore as long as there are no setbacks during the week, according to FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo.

McCarron injured his left wrist trying to recover his game-ending fumble in overtime that gave the Broncos a 20-17 win. McCarron told reporters after the game that he was hopeful the injury wouldn’t cause him to miss any time. He’ll have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Bengals. They need to win next week against Baltimore and hope Denver loses to earn a first-round bye. Without an extra week for Andy Dalton’s broken thumb to heal, the Bengals could face the prospect of Keith Wenning being their starting quarterback in the wild-card round if McCarron’s wrist keeps him out. Wenning, who was signed off the practice squad when Dalton broke his thumb, has never taken a snap in an NFL game. 


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