Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, will most likely miss the rest of the season due to a fracture on his right thumb, team sources told ESPN on Monday.
Dalton suffered the thumb injury during Sunday’s 33-20 loss to the Pittsburg Steelers.
According to the report, there is still hope within the Bengals camp that Dalton will return for the postseason. Marvin Lewis, the Bengals coach, said while Dalton was definitely ruled out of next week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, he wasn’t sure if Dalton would miss any additional time.
“I hurt my thumb. They told me there is a fracture in there,” Dalton said after his Bengals suffered their third loss of the season to the 8-5 Steelers. Dalton did not return after leaving the game in the first quarter.
Dalton, who will visit a specialist on Monday, returned to the sideline during the Steelers game with a black cast around his right hand. He acknowledged that the injury occurred on the final play of the Bengals’ opening drive, one that ended with him throwing an interception to Stephon Tuitt. “You can’t go into any play thinking you’re going to get hurt. That’s the last thing you have to think. It’s unfortunate that it happened,” said Dalton, who hasn’t missed a start in his five-year pro career.
Andy Dalton was replaced by second-year quarterback AJ McCarron. “You have to embrace the situation. love it (to take Dalton’s spot). You have to love pressured moments,” McCarron said after the game.
McCarron, who passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, cited the example of a young Tom Brady who too was subbed in due to injuries. “That’s where the great ones really shine. I guess Tom Brady was in the same situation when he had the opportunity. I’ve got to make the most of it and do my job each week. I know we have an unbelievable defense and if we don’t turn the ball over, we have a great chance.”
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