Bengals get McCarron ready for extended run as QB

AJ McCarron
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws during the second half of a NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Bengals are preparing AJ McCarron for an extended run as their starting quarterback while waiting for an update on Andy Dalton’s broken thumb.

Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand during a 33-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday that left the AFC North up for grabs. He had an appointment with a specialist on Monday to get a better idea of how long he’ll be out.

McCarron will make his first NFL start Sunday in San Francisco, trying to make an Alabama breakthrough. A starting quarterback from Alabama hasn’t won an NFL game as a starter since Jeff Rutledge in 1987, according to STATS.

McCarron won back-to-back national titles at Alabama. He missed his rookie season with a sore passing shoulder.

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