Andy Dalton Leaves Game With Arm Injury: Fantasy Implications

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass while under pressure against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Andy Dalton left Thursday's preseason game with an arm injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton left Thursday's preseason game against the Colts, with an apparent bruised arm. Dalton took a hit from linebacker Robert Mathis on the Bengals' opening drive and was quickly tended to by trainers on the sidelines as backup Bruce Gradkowski went in. Dalton appears to be fine, but will not return to the game.

Analysis: This is more precautionary than anything - most teams rarely if ever play their starters in the final preseason game, and a banged up arm is as good as any excuse for the Bengals to get their franchise QB out of the game early. This concludes a rough preseason for Dalton, who finishes August with only 20 completions in 44 attempts, with 5.5 yards per attempt and a 68.6 QB rating. Don't be too frightened by the injury, but don't rush to overdraft Dalton either, as he projects as a middling fantasy QB at best.

For more on the Bengals, check out Cincy Jungle. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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