QB McCarron set for MRI after injury on last play

DENVER — The final play of Monday night’s game could be extra costly for the Cincinnati Bengals, depending on the results of an MRI on Tuesday on their quarterback’s left wrist.

AJ McCarron, the second-year backup who replaced Andy Dalton following a thumb injury to the starter three weeks ago, told reporters after Monday night’s 20-17 overtime loss at Sports Authority Field that he was hurt on the final play of the game.

On the play, McCarron took his eyes off the snap, leading to a fumble and a Broncos recovery. With Denver already having kicked a field goal on the overtime’s opening possession, the turnover resulted in the Bengals’ loss.

It was while scrapping for the loose ball with Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware that McCarron suffered the injury.

“Diving for the football, and it just happened,” McCarron said.

He said he wasn’t sure just how bad the injury is and that he hoped to receive positive news after the MRI.

He had his left wrist and hand wrapped during his news conference.

Dalton has been out since a Week 14 loss to Pittsburgh, in which he broke the thumb on his throwing hand while trying to make a tackle following an interception. He isn’t expected back until possibly during the playoffs, despite being ruled “week-to-week” by coach Marvin Lewis the day after he was injured.

In reference to Monday’s play that unceremoniously ended the game for the Bengals and caused them to slip from holding the AFC’s 2-seed to the 3-seed, McCarron pinned the blame on himself.

“It’s my fault. I told the guys that,” McCarron said. “The snap caught me a little by surprise. I was looking just to see how they were adjusting to A.J. [Green] coming in motion, and it just kind of slipped through my hands and hit my rib protector and bounced off. It’s my fault. Simple as that.”

Center Russell Bodine said he had “no idea” what happened on the snap.

“It was a dummy count. I don’t know,” Bodine said. “I haven’t seen it yet so I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if he took his eyes off it or whatever, but we’ll get it figured out.”

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