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Absent A Veteran Free-Agent QB Signing Wednesday, The Bengals Are Apparently Ready To Wing It With Wenning

The Bengals weren't expecting Andy Dalton to miss his first game Sunday, and they weren't expecting AJ McCarron to make his first start, so naturally they weren't expecting this...a first from Keith Wenning.

The Bengals filled the vacant roster spot created by the release of linebacker Chris Carter with developmental quarterback Keith Wenning, promoted from the practice squad before Wednesday's work-out at Paul Brown Stadium.

It's Wenning's first appearance on an NFL 53-man roster, on a dubious day of firsts for the Bengals.

In a bit of a surprise, the Bengals eschewed signing a veteran quarterback to back up new starter A.J. McCarron, who replaces Andy Dalton (broken thumb).

Presumably, the Bengals like Wenning better than what's out there, including journeyman Phillip Sims, whom the team reportedly worked out, among others, in a recent venture to the free-agent market.

Wenning, a former fifth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, has yet to take an NFL snap after spending his entire NFL career on practice squads, last year with the Ravens and all of this season with the Bengals.

McCarron, who completed Sunday's home loss to Pittsburgh after Dalton was knocked out of the game, is making his first NFL start Sunday afternoon against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dalton, injured in the first quarter while trying to make a tackle after Steelers defensive end Stephon Truitt intercepted him in the red zone, is missing his first NFL game.

Cincinnati signed wide receiver and brief former Bengal Michael Bennett to fill Wenning’s spot on the practice squad. Bennett, a rookie, has been out of the league since the Bengals released him in August during preseason roster cut-downs. They signed him Aug. 19.

Bennett (6-3, 202, Georgia) had three catches for 24 yards in preseason. He had 134 receptions, 1,607 yards and 17 touchdowns in 43 games (27 starts) from 2011-2014 at Georgia.

Elsewhere on the Bengals' injury front, tight end Tyler Eifert is in concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday, joining safety George Iloka (groin) and cornerback Leon Hall (back) on the sidelines. Cornerback Adam Jones (foot) was on the practice field, according to the team's official website.

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