IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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).

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
2 weeks 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.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
3 weeks ago

Dalton completed 19 of 36 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Baltimore. He added a team-leading 29 yards on two carries.

EDGE Analysis

Life without A.J. Green (foot) looked a little better on Sunday as Dalton appeared to vibe better with his other targets, including John Ross, with whom he hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, putting Cincy up by eight. It was the second time the two hooked up for a score in as many weeks. Still, it's obvious that the loss of Green temporarily hurts Dalton's value. Dalton has completed just 55.3% of his passes over the past two weeks as compared to 63.4% in eight games with Green and 6.5 yards per attempt without Green as compared to 7.2 with him. Baltimore offered a tough test and things shouldn't get better next Sunday against a Cleveland pass defense third in the league in opponent passer rating.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
1 month ago2 Comments

Dalton completed 12 of 20 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Saints. He added an eight-yard run during the contest.

EDGE Analysis

With A.J. Green (foot) out of the lineup, Cincinnati turned to the likes of 2017 first-round pick John Ross and things went smoothly early on, he and Dalton connecting for two-yard score in the closing moments of the first quarter to tie up the game. It was downhill from there as -- sans his longtime favorite targets like Green and Tyler Eifert (ankle) -- Dalton and the Bengals' offense stalled. Don't read too much into the interceptions as one was tipped at the line and the other was a toss to the end zone in the final moments before halftime. Still, if Green is held out into December like reports suggest, Dalton doesn't seem to have the weapons needed to keep the Bengals going, particularly next Sunday against a Ravens defense ranked in the top five in the league in quarterback rating at 83.9.

IRAndy Dalton
QB CIN (9)
1 month ago

Dalton completed 21 of 34 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bengals' 37-34 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 10 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Dalton was much sharper and productive in the first half, but he remained error-free throughout the contest and was clutch during what would turn out to be the game-winning drive. Dalton connected with A.J. Green for 23 and 11 yards during that possession, leading to Randy Bullock's 44-yard clinching field goal. Despite the late-game success throwing to his No. 1 receiver, Dalton was even more prolific when targeting Tyler Boyd, with whom he connected on nine occasions for 138 yards and a score. Now having thrown multiple touchdowns in two of his last three games, Dalton will look to make it consecutive impressive outings when Cincinnati faces the Saints in a Week 10 interconference showdown following a Week 9 bye.