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.