Injuries piling up on Bengals at the wrong time

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Injuries to several key Bengals players in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers are more threatening to Cincinnati than the loss itself.

On Sunday, A.J. McCarron came in to relief after Andy Dalton left the game with a thumb injury. After throwing an interception in the red zone, Dalton sustained what looked to be a serious injury to his throwing hand. After the game, the Bengals quarterback revealed that his injury appears to be a fractured right thumb.

McCarron had an up-and-down game, but he played very well for Sunday being his first true NFL action. The former Alabama quarterback passed for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His passer rating on the day was a solid 90.6.

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With a laundry list of injuries to several key players, the Bengals’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was the least of their concerns on Sunday.

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Tyler Eifert

, the NFL’s leader in touchdown receptions, left the game and is undergoing the NFL concussion protocol.

George Iloka

left the game with a groin injury that he had been battling all week.

Vontaze Burfict

, who was

at the center of attention

all game long, was forced to leave the field three times with a neck injury.

Shawn Williams

suffered a head injury. All this happened as

Adam Jones

watched from the sidelines in pedestrian clothing and a boot on his foot.

The Bengals had been on the better end of injuries all season, but today was disaster day. Now is one of the most critical points of the Bengals’ season, and now is when all of the injuries seem to be piling up. Getting healthy is a must for this Bengals team if it is going to contend in January.

A.J. McCarron will start next week in San Francisco; hopefully he will have some teammates with him as the Bengals look to keep making progress towards a possible first-round playoff bye.

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