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Major Injury Update on Bengals QB Andy Dalton

A general photo of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: A Cincinnati Bengals helmet site on the field prior to the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals were embarrassed on Sunday by the Cleveland Browns, as they were outplayed from start to finish. Not only did they lose ground in the AFC wild-card hunt, but they also lost Andy Dalton to a serious injury.

In the second half of play, the TCU product left the game with an injured thumb. Even though it didn't appear too severe at the time, it turns out that it was the final appearance for Dalton in 2018.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Bengals are placing Andy Dalton on injured reserve.

He'll finish this season with 2,566 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

With Dalton now on the shelf, Jeff Driskel will become the starting quarterback. In extended action yesterday, the former college star had 155 passing yards and two total touchdowns.

Driskel provides another element to the offense with his ability to run, but his lack of experience is definitely a concern.

The Bengals are already without A.J. Green, who is currently recovering from a toe injury.

Cincinnati hosts Denver this Sunday, as Driskel makes his first-career start.