CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Starting quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals is sacked by linebacker D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, rookie quarterback Andy Dalton will undergo an MRI Sunday night to confirm if he indeed suffered a broken wrist against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon. Dalton left the game after defensive tackle Phil Taylor and defensive end Jabaal Sheard sandwiched the quarterback on third-and-long with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter.
Initial reports suggested that Dalton suffered a wrist injury, requiring x-rays at some point during half-time. Bengals head coach said that the x-rays were negative (which actually means good), though Lewis denied that the injury was actually the wrist -- something that Dalton would confirm soon after.
"The plan is I'm going to play; that's the hope," Dalton said. "We'll see. I lost a little bit of feeling in my hand and I couldn't grip the ball the way I wanted to."
The Bengals conclude their two-game road schedule against the Broncos in Denver this Sunday. If Dalton can't go, obviously Bruce Gradkowski will start. But that's not the question. The question would be, who backs up Gradkowski? The Bengals could play it safe and have Dalton active on Sunday, though backing up Gradkowski, entering the game only if Gradkowski suffers an injury that forces him out of the game. If that's not an option, they could sign quarterback Zac Robinson, currently on the practice squad, onto the 53-man roster. However they'll have to waive/release someone currently on the roster to make room.