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Bengals Expecting Andy Dalton To Be Out 4-6 Weeks

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Bengals’ players are expecting QB Andy Dalton to be out 4-6 weeks after he suffered a fractured thumb during Sunday’s game.

Werder points out that the first-round of the playoffs would be four weeks from last Sunday, so we’ll have to see where he is in the coming weeks before knowing whether this is really a possibility.

The good news is that Dalton did not need to undergo surgery on his thumb.

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis mentioned Tuesday that it’s “very likely” Dalton plays again this season, but added it’s “up to us.”

Dalton, 28, is in the second year of his seven-year, $97.09 million contract that includes $17 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $3 million this season and another $10.5 million in 2016.

This season, Dalton had thrown for 3,250 yards while completing 66.1 percent of his passes to go along with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions over the course of 12 games for the Bengals. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Dalton’s injury as the news is available.