By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been played on injured reserve on Monday. He is now done did the rest of the season.
Dalton was injured in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He suffered a thumb injury.
Without Dalton, the team claimed Tom Savage off waivers. He was previously with the San Francisco 49ers.
Savage has been on-and-off the 49ers roster since the lost starter Jimmy Garoppolo for the season. Garoppolo suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jeff Driskel — who replaces Dalton on Sunday — will become the new starter now. Savage will serve as the backup.
The 31-year-old Katy, Texas native has gone 5-6 in 11 games this season. He has also gone 226 of 365 for 2,566 yards.
He also has 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
This is the first-time in his career that he did not play in at least 13 games in a season. In 2015, he appeared in 13 games and went 10-3 in that season.
As a starter, he has gone 68-50-2 in 120 starts. He has gone 2,443 of 3,921 for 28,100 passing yards. He also has 188 touchdowns and 104 interceptions.
Dalton is the second-leading passing in Bengals history. Only Ken Anderson — who appeared in 192 games with the team from 1971 through 1986 — has more passing yards with 32,838.
Driskel — the San Francisco 49ers’ sixth-round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft — has gone 23 of 36 for 239 yards in four games with the Bengals this season. He also has one touchdown.
On Sunday after replacing Dalton, he went 17 of 29 for 155 yards. He also had a touchdown.
The 28-year-old Springfield, Pennsylvania native has only appeared in the NFL with the Houston Texans. Savage has gone 2-7 in 9 NFL starts and 13 appearances overall in 2014, and then again in 2016-17.
He has gone 181 of 315 for 2,000 passing yards. He also has five touchdowns and seven interceptions.