It seemed like a foregone conclusion to most, but the Cincinnati Bengals made it official by stating their starting QB Andy Dalton will not play in the AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dalton ruled out for Wild Card vs Steelers— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) January 8, 2016
With the move official, the Bengals will now go with AJ McCarron at quarterback, in hopes of seeing him slay the Bengals' proverbial dragon of not winning a playoff game since Boomer Esiason was the signal caller. Marvis Lewis is 0-6 in the postseason since taking over as the Bengals head coach, and some speculate his job could be in jeopardy if they don't finally break through on Saturday.
For the Steelers, many are wondering about the status of running back DeAngelo Williams, but there has been nothing official released from the team, despite media "sources" saying he has been ruled out.
The Steelers and Bengals kick off Saturday night from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH at 8:20 p.m. EDT on CBS.
UPDATE: The Steelers have officially ruled Williams 'out' for the Wild Card game due to an ankle injury.