Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton walks the sidelines in a cast on his throwing hand after being taken out of the game with an injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will not require surgery after suffering a right thumb injury Sunday, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Monday.
The Bengals hope Dalton will be back this season, depending on how he heals. Lewis called it the "best case scenario."
Lewis said Dalton will remain in a cast and be "week-to-week."
Marvin asked if there's a possibility Dalton returns for playoffs: "We haven't earned a spot in the playoffs yet (smiles)."
Dalton injured his thumb during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He hurt it while making a tackle on his interception during the first quarter. Dalton's hand was placed in a black cast and did not return.
Dalton was replaced by backup AJ McCarron.
McCarron passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns Sunday but was intercepted twice.
The Bengals finish the regular season at San Francisco, at Denver and wraps up with a home game against Baltimore.
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