An inside look at the AJ McCarron grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals


Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski update from Paul Brown Stadium in the aftermath of the Bengals non-trade of AJ McCarron to the Cleveland Browns.
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On the most basic level, AJ McCarron just wants to play.

He appeared in three games for the Cincinnati Bengals last year and threw 14 passes in two blowout losses against Chicago and Minnesota.

He last started and played a full game on Jan. 9, 2016, in the AFC Wild Card game.   

“I would love to have my chance,” he said at the end of this season. “That’s all I want.”

Which is why he has taken the only avenue available to him to do so in 2018 – filing a grievance against the Bengals over his service time.

The grievance, which The Enquirer learned could be decided by an independent arbitrator as early as Wednesday, is centered around one thing: Did the Bengals have a proper medical basis for putting McCarron on the non-football injury (NFI) list to start the 2014 season?

What is the problem?

The Bengals clearly felt McCarron suffered a right shoulder injury at…

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