Tests Revealed No Serious Damage To Quarterback Andy Dalton's "Wrist Area"

With just under a minute remaining in the first half, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton stepped into a deep throw down the right sidelines hoping to connect with A.J. Green for a last-minute score. As Dalton completed his follow-through, defensive tackle Phil Taylor crashed into the quarterback pinning his arm into his chest. Initial reports said that Dalton was having an x-ray in the locker room at half time to check his right wrist. Marvin Lewis didn't confirm the nature or the exact injury after Sunday's win; only that he expects Dalton to be ready against the Denver Broncos next week.

On Monday, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote that Dalton's injury "appears" to be a forearm contusion, whereas Geoff Hobson made two references about his right wrist in his most recent posting saying:

Although it appears he had dodged broken bones, Dalton’s availability for this week is unknown because the wrist is so important in gripping the ball. The Bengals went into Tuesday’s off day wondering if he could throw.

Wherever, or whatever, the injury actually is, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network writes that medical tests on Tuesday "revealed no serious damage to Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton‘s wrist area." I suppose wrist area could be to the forearm, as much as Cincinnati could be in the Ohio area. We'll find out more about the injury when the team resumes practice on Wednesday.

Regardless. It's still questionable if Dalton plays this weekend against the Broncos. While Marvin Lewis remarked that Dalton was a lot better on Monday and Dalton himself remains optimistic, if the quarterback can't grip the football and practice this week, it just makes more sense to give backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski all of the reps.

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