Rookie QB Andy Dalton played well in the first half vs the Browns on Sunday, but did not play the second half of the win due to an injured wrist. Dalton though should be able to play on Sunday at Denver according to reports.
Dalton visited a hand specialist on Monday. The Bengals training staff originally called it an injury to his right wrist but indications are that it is a bruise to the forearm. Dalton was injured on the Bengals’ last offensive play of the first half on a hit by Cleveland’s Phil Taylor.
Head coach Marvin Lewis did not directly address Dalton’s status or any other players.
“No worse than yesterday. But a lot better than yesterday, actually,” Lewis said. “We should be OK. We’ll see on Wednesday.”
Dalton, who was 10 of 15 for 91 yards and a touchdown, led the Bengals to scores on their first drive. That marks the first time in the franchise’s 44-year history that had happened in an opener.
“I thought he did outstanding. There was a miscue in the running game but other than that I think he was very good,” offensive coordinator Jon Gruden said. “He was smart in the pocket and did some good things.”
Bruce Gradkowski ended up coming in for Dalton and directed his sixth fourth-quarter comeback. The six-year veteran was 5 of 12 for 92 yards with a 41-yard touchdown to A.J. Green for the go-ahead score.
If Dalton is unable to play against the Broncos, it is an opponent that Gradkowski knows very well after spending the last two seasons with the Raiders. The Bengals have only two quarterbacks on the roster and Lewis said there are no plans to add a third.