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Bengals acquire Tom Savage from waivers

The Cincinnati Bengals made the announcement on Monday afternoon that starting quarterback Andy Dalton will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve after he suffered torn ligaments in his thumb during last Sunday’s 35-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

In response to that move, the Bengals have added more depth at the position by inking veteran quarterback Tom Savage to a deal after he cleared waivers on Monday.

This is a move to simply provide more depth at the quarterback position with longtime starter Dalton going down with a season-ending injury. It has placed backup Jeff Driskel into the starting role for the final five games of the year as he had an encouraging outing against the Browns where he completed 17-of-29 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. This will mark the first official start of Driskel brief NFL career as he has made all four of his career appearances this season where he has completed 23-of-36 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Savage has bounced around the league over the last couple of years after he initially spent his first four years in the league with the Houston Texans where he played in 13 games where he made nine starts holding a 2-7 record while completing 181 of 315 passing attempts for 2,000 yards with five touchdowns, seven interceptions, and 11 fumbles. He had joined the New Orleans Saints in free agency back in March but was released by the team just prior to the start of the 2018 regular season.

He had inked a deal to join the San Francisco 49ers earlier this season but didn’t receive any playing time as C.J. Beathard and rookie Nick Mullens during his brief time with the team. Savage will more than likely fill the same role for the Bengals for the rest of the season with him being one of the two quarterbacks on the active roster.