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NFL Team Report - Cincinnati Bengals - INSIDE SLANT
Although it was Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Matt Scott who vomited in the final two minutes of Thursday's 41-39 preseason loss at Kansas City, it was the coaching staff that felt sick.
Although Scott's sick play -- in both the contemporary and traditional sense -- went viral on social media, it left the Bengals with a severe case of anemia. If Scott had to come out it is unclear who would step in and play.
Backup quarterback Jason Campbell injured his right arm earlier in the game and was unavailable. Rookie AJ McCarron is still sidelined with a shoulder injury. And the Bengals were not about to put newly minted, $115 million starter Andy Dalton back in the game with a third-string offensive line.
"I thought I was going to get dressed," offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. "I wasn't putting Andy back in the game."
Jackson called timeout after seeing Scott throw up for the third time, trying to buy his quarterback, and himself, a little time.
"The whole time I was standing out there. ... he (Scott) is just bent over and it's still coming, and I'm saying to myself, 'Who are we going to put in the game here?' Jackson said. "I don't know what that answer would have been. We have other guys who could take a single-wing snap if we had to. We would have made it out of the game."
With that in mind, it was hardly a surprise when the Bengals signed former Arkansas star quarterback Tyler Wilson Saturday.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wilson was most recently with the Tennessee Titans, where he was odd man out on a depth chart that is making room for strong-armed rookie Zach Mettenberger.
After setting career passing records at Arkansas, including 558 completions, 7,765 yards and 52 touchdowns, Wilson entered the NFL in 2013 as a fourth round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders, where he spent 10 weeks on the practice squad and never played a game. He was signed by Tennessee off the Raider practice squad on December 17, but was never activated.
It is unlikely Wilson will make the Bengals' 53-man roster, but he will at least be available to take some snaps if necessary Saturday against the visiting New York Jets.
Scott blamed the vomiting on a combination of his asthma and a sinus infection he had been battling all week leading up to the game. However, he has a history of throwing up during play. He did it in at least two games during his senior season at Arizona in 2012.
Meanwhile, Scott is having fun with his teammates calling him Willie Beamen - the fictional backup quarterback in the movie "Any Given Sunday" who is forced into the game after an injury, throws up in the huddle and then plays well. And Scott is especially enjoying the social media stardom created by the viral videos of him retching and then throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Conner Vernon on the next play.
Vernon was waived Friday even as Scott's odd celebrity status was taking off.
"Everybody's calling me, texting me, making fun, sending me the Vines," he said, referencing a popular social media that feature videos that repeat in a loop. "I had 10 to 15 people send me Vines right after the game. I was like 'Man, this thing just blew up quick.' You really can't control it. Let people do what they want to do is my theory. Let's see what happens."
Lost in the splash of stardom has been Scott's overall performance against the Chiefs. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns and ran wild on a few scrambles to finish with a game-high 68 rushing yards on six carries.
"I was happy for him," Campbell said. "It's like the coaches say, sometimes we forget it's still the same game you played as a kid. Sometimes we put too much stress on ourselves to make every play and do everything the right way. Sometimes you've just got to let the seventh-grader come out of you. Just enjoy the game.
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