Dalton (thumb) will move forward as the Bengals' starting quarterback next season under new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Dalton's fractured thumb will be a thing of the past next season, when he'll reclaim the Bengals' starting quarterback position under his former position coach, Zampese, who was promoted to offensive coordinator in light of Hue Jackson being hired as the Browns' head coach this week. Over the past five years, Zampese has helped develop Dalton into a much improved quarterback, evidenced by his multiple career-highs this season. continuity
Dalton (thumb) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Steelers. This was the expected outcome, with the Bengals making things official on Friday. AJ McCarron is thus slated to make his fourth straight start at QB for the Bengals on Saturday, and should the team advance to the Division Round of the playoffs, it's unclear at this stage if Dalton might be ready by then.
Dalton was seen in the locker room Wednesday following Wednesday's practice trying to avoid using his thumb with any activity, Local 12 WKRC reports. It's extremely unlikely that Dalton plays this weekend, and even if the Bengals win it doesn't necessarily look good for him then.
Dalton (thumb) did not suit up for practice Wednesday, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports. Moreover, at this stage, Dalton has still not thrown a football since injuring his right thumb back on Dec. 13, thus making his status for Saturday night's Wild Card Game against the Steelers iffy, at best. With that in mind, per coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals are "preparing with AJ McCarron to be the starting QB. Whether Andy is the backup or where Andy is, we'll know down the line. He'll be ready when he's ready."
Dalton (thumb) had his cast removed Monday, ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports. Dalton's visit with his doctor yielded a clear sign of progress, yet the quarterback is still highly uncertain to be ready for Saturday's playoff game against the Steelers. Although he may be willing to push things in the playoffs, previous reports suggested that Dalton likely wouldn't be available until mid-January.
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