The news coming out of Paul Brown Stadium this afternoon regarding quarterback Andy Dalton is positive.
Andy Dalton does not need surgery on his thumb, per Cincinnati source. Will depend on how quickly he heals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2015
My understanding is, #Bengals QB Andy Dalton believes a week 17 return is possible. But it's a bone and one can't guess how it heals.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 14, 2015
During Marvin Lewis' press conference today, he was in good spirits, making jokes to the media about how fast they could type the news.
"We got positive news," Lewis said. "He'll be in a cast and basically we'll go week-to-week with things and that's as good an outcome right now as we can expect. We'll see how he is every week."
Lewis said "we'll see" about bringing in another quarterback while smiling. "Stay tuned," he added.
"It's time to move on and turn the page and get ready for this week and the challenges ahead of us," Lewis said. Regarding the playoffs, Lewis said, "We still have to handle our own business."
Lewis said it is the news he expected, different from the speculative reports that were "blowing up my phone."
Elise Jesse of WLWT spoke with Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese as well as AJ McCarron on Monday.
Ken Zampese (QB Coach) told me he met with Dalton today to talk about what his role is right now, until he's healthy. #Bengals— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) December 14, 2015
"Andy is in this for AJ Mccarron and he's in it for the team... This should be an interesting couple of weeks here" -Zampese— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) December 14, 2015
"AJ has the work ethic and the passion for the game, hopefully those things so more and more as he gets the chance to practice"- Zampese— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) December 14, 2015
I asked what's going through AJ Mccarron's head: "He wants a Super Bowl, that's what's going through his head. It starts with SF this week"— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) December 14, 2015