Andy Dalton Injury Updates

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis said after Sunday's loss that QB Andy Dalton (thumb) won't play against the 49ers next week.  Lewis wouldn't give any other details about Dalton's injury but did say, "I can't heal bones."  It sure sounds like Dalton is dealing with a broken throwing thumb, but we'll wait for confirmation.  QB A.J. McCarron will start for Cincinnati as long as Dalton is out.  The Alabama product completed 22 of 32 passes for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs in relief today.  McCarron is just a low-end QB2.

Update: Dalton told reporters afterward that he has a fractured thumb and will visit a specialist on Monday.  He's very likely out for the remainder of the regular season.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton injured his right (throwing) thumb in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Steelers.  He headed back to the locker room and is officially questionable to return.  Cincinnati will turn to QB A.J. McCarron if Dalton can't come back.

Update: Dalton has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton got checked for a neck injury on the sideline Saturday night after 3 straight goal-line rushing attempts. He didn't return to the game after that series, but HC Marvin Lewis said at halftime that his QB is fine. Looks like nothing to worry about here.

Bengals WR A.J. Green was carted off the practice field on Wednesday. Beat writers believe that he suffered a re-aggravation of his right toe injury, but we should learn more after practice. We already know that Marvin Jones (ankle) missed Wednesday’s session. He remains very iffy to play Sunday vs. Carolina. If both Green and Jones sit out, Cincinnati will be left with Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher at WR. That would obviously put a huge dent in Andy Dalton’s outlook.

New Bengals QB AJ McCarron told Sirius XM NFL Radio that we didn't really see him at full power in college.  "A lot of people don't realize I wasn't healthy at Alabama," McCarron said.  "I sacrificed a lot to play for coach Saban and that university; I played through a lot of injuries and we never leaked it because that's just the way it is."  Will we get a healthy McCarron in the pros?  And did these injuries help push the 2013 Heisman runner-up into the 5th round?  McCarron landed in a decent spot for his future starting chances.  Incumbent Andy Dalton has performed solidly overall but also proved erratic -- especially in 3 straight 1st-round playoff exits.  We don't expect McCarron to get a real shot at starting this year.  We'll see if Dalton can develop and hold off challengers beyond that.  His contract also runs out at the end of 2014.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton left Thursday night's preseason game with a minor arm injury.  He never even went into the locker room and confirmed afterwards that the injury isn't serious.  "I just took a hit on the arm, and my hand got feeling a little numb, sort of like getting hit on your funny bone," Dalton explained. "It's fine now."  He'll be ready for Week 1 but is just a low-end fantasy backup.  The 2nd-year signal-caller struggled this preseason, completing just 45% of his passes for 5.6 yards per attempt.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton confirmed that the hip injury he suffered against the Steelers on Sunday isn't serious.  The rookie was pulled in the 4th quarter, but that had more to do with the 35-7 score than the injury.  Dalton was reportedly walking around the locker room afterwards without a limp.  He should be fine for this coming weekend's game against the Texans.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton suffered an apparent hip injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game agains the Steelers.  He was walking around the sidelines but has been pulled in favor of QB Bruce Gradkowski.  Cincy is down 35-7, so they could just be playing it safe with their rookie signal-caller.  We should get an update on Dalton's status tonight.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton suffered a hand injury near the end of the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Browns.  He went for x-rays, and we'll update his status as soon as we learn more.  QB Bruce Gradkowski has taken over.


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