Report: Andy Dalton likely out for season, could return for playoffs

During the Cincinnati Bengals’ 33-20 loss to division rival Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury and missed the rest of the game. It looks like Dalton’s injury could be more serious than people originally believed.

Right now, the injury is being called a thumb fracture. ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported that a timetable for his return will be released Monday, but it is likely the injury will be season-ending.

No official timetable on Andy Dalton's thumb fracture until Monday, but the feeling in the locker room is that it's likely a season-ender.

— bob holtzman (@Bob_Holtzman) December 13, 2015

He also added that the best case scenario for the Bengals is that Dalton would return for the team’s eventual playoff run.

Here's what I'm told about Andy Dalton's fractured thumb: likely season ending, best case scenario is playoffs, per multiple team sources.

— bob holtzman (@Bob_Holtzman) December 13, 2015

AJ McCarron came in to finish the game for the Bengals and will likely start in Dalton’s absence. If he can start and win against the San Francisco 49ers next week, he will have been the first Alabama quarterback to do so since 1988.

On the year, Dalton had been pretty good throwing for 3,191 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just six interceptions.

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