QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
1 month ago

Dalton (thumb) should be ready when practices start in six weeks, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dalton had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament in late November and resumed throwing footballs at the beginning of February. His rehab process shouldn't have any impact on the process of installing a new offense under first-time head coach Zac Taylor, as the Bengals won't hold real practices until late May. The early stages of the offseason program will focus on learning a new playbook, in addition to the usual strength and conditioning work. Dalton has two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract, but it won't come as any surprise if the Bengals try to find his successor during the 2019 NFL Draft. The 31-year-old quarterback was on pace for a 10-win, 34-touchdown season after Week 8 last year, but the Bengals fell apart once A.J. Green (toe) and then Dalton were injured.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
3 months ago

Dalton (thumb) has been tossing a football for the past two weeks and recently began shooting a basketball, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dalton seems to be on track in the rehab process after having surgery in late November to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. There have been some murmurs about the Bengals trying to find a new quarterback for their new coaching staff, but director of player personnel Duke Tobin recently said Dalton will enter 2019 as the starter. With two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract, the 31-year-old quarterback may push for some type of financial commitment to back up the supportive words. Dalton was one of the few bright spots for Cincinnati in 2018 and has been a regular presence at the team facility while rehabbing during the early portion of the offseason. NFL rules demand that he waits until April to receive the new playbook from head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
4 months ago

Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin suggested Dalton (thumb) will enter 2019 as the team's starting quarterback, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We're very comfortable with Andy," Tobin said. "We think he's got a number of years left. We feel like we can win with him. But with any position group, we don't just throw away the whole draft board at a group just because we're satisfied with who we have."

EDGE Analysis

An overhaul of the coaching staff has led to rumors of a possible change under center, but it's probably an easy decision to keep Dalton given that he has two seasons remaining on a team-friendly contract. This doesn't mean the Bengals won't explore options for a long-term upgrade, but it does mean there's an excellent chance Dalton will get the Week 1 start in 2019. Of course, he may not feel so great about the contract situation, with no guaranteed money remaining on his deal and a 2019 cap hit ($16.2 million) that ranks dead last among starting quarterbacks that aren't on a rookie contract (per overthecap.com). Working his way back from late-November thumb surgery, Dalton should have plenty of time to return to full strength before the Bengals start their offseason program in April under new head coach Zac Taylor.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Dalton underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and said he expects to be ready to for the Bengals' offseason program, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bengals placed Dalton on injured reserve Monday, ending his season after 11 games. The 31-year-old completed 61.9 percent of his throws for 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 7.0 yards per attempt, figures that all ranked in the middle to back end among all qualified passers. Jeff Driskel will step in as the Bengals' starting quarterback for the remainder of the campaign, but Dalton, who is under contract through the 2020 season, should reclaim the top spot on the depth chart once healthy next spring.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Coach Marvin Lewis relayed Monday that the Bengals' medical staff expects Dalton to fully recover from his thumb injury in advance of the 2019 season, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the meantime, Jeff Driskel will take over as the team's starting QB and by the time next season rolls around, Dalton's team context will no doubt have undergone some changes. While the Bengals have yet to specify the nature of Dalton's injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that the QB suffered torn ligaments in his thumb. It's not known at this time if it's an issue that will require surgery.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Dalton (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Tests apparently revealed a major issue with Dalton's thumb, with the Bengals placing him on injured reserve at a juncture of the season when he won't be eligible to return. Jeff Driskel is left as the team's top quarterback, with Tom Savage scooped off waivers from the 49ers to provide depth. Dalton hasn't been anything special, but his absence is still a major blow to every other piece of the Cincinnati offense, including Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green (toe).

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that Dalton still needs more tests to determine the severity of his thumb injury, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

While it isn't a great sign when extensive testing is required for a diagnosis, there's no need to jump to conclusions in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's 35-20 loss to Cleveland. The 31-year-old quarterback injured his right thumb in the third quarter of the contest, allowing Jeff Driskell to finish out the game as Cincinnati tried to erase a 28-point deficit. Driskell did lead a pair of touchdown drives, but the Bengals surely will want Dalton back under center with the final wild-card spot in the AFC up for grabs. Week 13 brings a tricky home matchup against a Denver team coming off back-to-back wins over the Chargers and Steelers.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Dalton is slated to undergo further testing on his right thumb, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns, coach Marvin Lewis indicated that the initial belief is that Dalton's thumb injury is not serious. That said, it's still too early to know if the QB's status for next weekend's game against the Broncos is in any danger. If Dalton is forced to miss any time, Jeff Driskel would be in line to handle the Bengals' first-team QB reps.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Dalton has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Browns with a right thumb injury.

EDGE Analysis

Jeff Driskel will finish up Sunday's game in relief of Dalton, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 100 yards, to go along with a TD and a pick as well as two carries for 21 yards. If Dalton's injury threatens his Week 13 availability, the Bengals could add QB depth via the free agent route or they could promote Connor Cook from the team's practice squad.

QAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
6 months ago

Dalton injured his right thumb trying to recover a fumble on a bad snap in the third quarter Sunday against the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

Dalton immediately went to the locker room to get the thumb examined after the play, which resulted in a turnover and subsequent Browns touchdown. Jeff Driskell is in line to replace him should he miss time.