Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was injured in a victim with a right thumb injury suffered in Sunday's 35-20 loss to Cleveland.
Jeff Driskel will make his first NFL start against Denver this week in Dalton's place, and the team has called Tom Savage the quarterback off the San Francisco 49ers to back up Driskel.
Dalton was injured in the fourth quarter of the third quarter after a midfielder Billy Price sailed over his head. Dalton ran back to recover the ball and tried to pick it up, but the Browns recovered it. Dalton immediately went to the side and into the locker room with athletic trainers and did not return.
Bennals coach Marvin Lewis said Sunday night that the initial scans did not show anything serious enough for Dalton to miss the rest of the season. His year, however, is now done.
Dalton has not missed a game since the 2015 season, when he attempted to make a deal after throwing an interception against the Steelers and broke his right thumb. Although Dalton avoided surgery, he did not return that season, missing the final three regular-season games and the AFC wild card game. AJ McCarron, who is now with the Raiders, has replaced him.
Driskel completed 17 of 29 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in one half of the football after replacing Dalton. The Bengals have kept Driskel around since they claimed him to be waivers from the Niners in 2016. He was the third quarterback who was in the season and spent the 2017 season on IR.
"I've always known that I could play this level," Driskel said. "I would not be here if I could not. But the more you get out there and the more that you play well, the more confidence you will have in you and people around will have in you. Just got to keep doing what I'm doing and continue to play well and give the team a chance to win. "
The Bengals' roster has been decimated by injuries this season. Not only did the tight end Tyler Eifert, the linebacker of Preston Brown, defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow and the defensive end Carl Lawson ended up IR, but the linebacker Nick Vigil and the receiver A.J. Green have both missed extended time. Left tackle Cordy Glenn and the cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick are currently injured and unable to play.
The Bengals started 4-1 and had a 73 percent chance of making the playoffs after Week 5 through FPI. Since then they are 1-5 and have seen their FPI playoffs dip to 4 percent.