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The NFL preseason schedule is now over with 13 games played on Thursday night.

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Andy Dalton Injured: Bengals Rule Him Out For Remainder Of Final Preseason Game

Quarterback Andy Dalton left the Cincinnati Bengals' final preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night after injuring his arm in the first quarter. The team called his injury a "bruised arm" and said he will not return. Bruce Gradkowski came in to replace Dalton.

The second-year quarterback was caught between two Colts players on a pass rush up the middle and hit his arm on a helmet. Dalton fell to the ground near the Bengals' sideline, but then left the field without any assistance from the team's training staff.

After a successful rookie year in which he led the Bengals to the wild-card round of the playoffs, Dalton has cemented himself as team's quarterback of the present and the future. The 6-foot-2 signal-caller out of TCU threw for 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011, leading the Bengals to a 9-7 record.

For more on the Bengals, head to Cincy Jungle. For all things pro football, stick with SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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