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Bengals QB Andy Dalton has successful thumb surgery; will be ready for offseason practices

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The Bengals quarterback will be back to throwing in the offseason.

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For the second time in three years, Andy Dalton has had successful thumb surgery.

Dalton hurt his thumb while trying to recover a bad snap last Sunday against the Browns and had to be taken out of the game entirely because of it. The Bengals were unsure what the extent of the injury was and had Dalton see a specialist shortly afterwards. It was soon learned that the injury would require Dalton to miss the rest of the season and surgery was a possibility.

That surgery had apparently already occurred earlier this week, and Dalton says it went well enough that he won’t miss any team activities in the offseason.

This is obviously great news for the organization as Dalton is still under contract for the next two seasons, and the team has shown no inclination to move on from the quarterback before that point.

In the meantime, we’ll get to see if the Bengals have anything behind Dalton in Jeff Driskel for their final five games of this season. Dalton will help Driskel in any way he can from the sidelines while he begins to heal his thumb for 2019.