The Cincinnati Bengals have not had a good start to the regular season.
The Bengals have lost their first two games for the second consecutive season.
But the vibes are different around the team this year.
That is due to the uncertainty around Joe Burrow who has a calf injury.
This injury arose in training camp and Burrow sat out for a few weeks.
He was expected to be 100% to begin the year, but something has looked off in the two games he has played.
Burrow ended up re-aggravating the calf injury in their Week 2 loss.
Due to that, he is questionable to play in Week 3 on Monday Night Football.
To prepare for Burrow not playing the Bengals added a quarterback to their roster.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Bengals signed A.J. McCarron to the practice squad.
The #Bengals are signing FA QB AJ McCarron to their practice squad, source said. Some starting experience on the roster in case Joe Burrow (calf) can't go.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2023
McCarron was brought in as an insurance policy in case Burrow cannot play.
The backup for the Bengals is Jake Browning, with McCarron taking over the third-string role.
The Bengals cannot afford to lose many more games while already being in an 0-2 hole.
They had Super Bowl aspirations coming into the year and starting at 0-3 would put them in danger.
Cincinnati takes on the Los Angeles Rams on Monday.
It is a rematch of the 21-22 Super Bowl.
You can bet Burrow will do whatever is possible to make sure he is ready to go.
But if the Bengals decide to hold him out, they could be in some trouble.NEXT: Ja'Marr Chase Shares His Thoughts On Joe Burrow's Health