Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton addressed the media this morning, and one of the first and most important questions on everyone’s mind was how the quarterback’s ankle was doing.
Dalton injured his ankle early on in the Bengals’ win over the Bills in Week 5. Since then, he’s had a week to rest and recover during the Bengals’ bye week.
Luckily Bengals fans got the answer they were hoping for when Dalton was asked about the status of his ankle.
Andy Dalton said his ankle is fine now. He was sore for a few days last week, "as anybody would be," but said no pain at this point.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 18, 2017
Dalton never missed a snap against the Bills, despite being seen limping so badly the Bengals had to call a timeout. He had his ankle stepped on by a Bills defender in the second quarter.
Dalton was clearly playing through some pain, which could explain a few inaccurate passes. He did end up getting the Ball to A.J. Green late in the third quarter to help set up Joe Mixon’s first touchdown run, which ended up being the deciding score.
Following the game there didn’t seem to be much concern over the injury having an effect on Dalton’s status against the Steelers this Sunday, but Marvin Lewis and the team were pretty vague about the status of all their injured players going into the bye.
It seems like he will have no limitations when the team goes into Pittsburgh to take on the league’s fourth best scoring defense, and the team that absolutely shutdown the Chiefs’ red hot offense last week. Dalton will need to be on his A-game in order for the Bengals to reach 3-3 and gain control of their season again.
The Bengals practiced on Monday but didn’t need to supply an injury report for that practice. Today will be the first official Bengals vs Steelers practice, so we’ll see if Dalton is a full go later on.