Andy Dalton fractures thumb, will miss at least a week

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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton suffered a fractured thumb in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 33-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Andy Dalton will be out for at least a week after fracturing his thumb. The injury occurred after Dalton threw an interception on his first drive of the game, when the quarterback attempted to tackle Stephon Tuitt.

The Bengals’ dream season has taken a dramatic turn. Cincinnati will now have to turn from Andy Dalton, who was playing at an All Pro level, to A.J. McCarron.

McCarron, a fifth-round selection in the 2014 draft, has dealt with adversity before. The quarterback was a three-time BCS National Champion at the University of Alabama. McCarron started in two of those games and was the MVP of the 2012 BCS National Championship.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that Dalton will be “out for a bit,” indicating that the injury is fairly serious. Dalton stated that he will see a specialist tomorrow in order to find out the extent of the thumb injury. Lewis also noted that McCarron will definitely start next week’s game in San Francisco.

Here’s what Geoff Hobson, the Bengals.com beat writer had to say on Twitter:

As previously mentioned, A.J. McCarron has played in big games before. These three upcoming games will be huge for the former face of the Crimson Tide. The Bengals will likely need just one more win to clinch the AFC North.

If the Bengals manage to beat the Broncos in Denver, Cincinnati will likely earn a first-round bye, giving Andy Dalton time to heal before Cincinnati’s first playoff game.

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