CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Starting quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the season opener against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
In case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard the news, Bengals rookie quarterback, Andy Dalton, sustained an injury at the end of the first half in Sunday's game against the Browns. It's been reported that Dalton suffered a contusion to that area on his forearm, but no bones were broken. Yet his status for Sunday is up in the air right now.
According to Geoff Hobson at Bengals.com, Dalton wasn't throwing today at practice--the team's first on-field session since Sunday's victory. Head coach Marvin Lewis is likely being very cautious in dealing with Dalton and his injury, giving backup Bruce Gradkowski the majority of the snaps at Wednesday's practice.
Lewis indicated that the architect of last Sunday’s comeback win in Cleveland, Gradkowski, is going to get the bulk of Wednesday’s snaps. Lewis also said the amount of rest Dalton gets during the week is key to getting him ready for Sunday and indicated it is too early to make a call.
Most reports regarding Dalton have proclaimed him "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, but Dalton says he's remaining "hopeful" that he'll be able to start. He gave the press his take on the situation:
"It’s getting better every day. That’s all I can ask for. And we’ll see going out there what I’m able to do. I’m hopeful. The big thing I’ve been trying to do is get the strength back and all that kind of stuff. I’ve been just getting a lot of treatment and making sure I’m doing all the things I can do to help myself out. I’m going to do everything I can to play. Like I said, we’ll evaluate each day. I’m been getting better every day, so we’ll see," Dalton said.
Also of note: Bengals practice squad quarterback, Zac Robinson, was throwing with Gradkowski at Wednesday's practice. There's been no indication that the Bengals are shopping for another veteran quarterback, so if Dalton can't go, they may promote Robinson to the gameday roster.