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 On Hand Injury: 'It's Fine Now'

Andy Dalton says he's fine after suffering a hand injury in Thursday's game.

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Andy Dalton Is 'Fine' After Hand Injury

After leaving Thursday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton told reporters the injury wasn't severe at all, and that he was "fine."

Dalton was hit by the Colts' Robert Mathis on just the Bengals' sixth play of the night, but the Cincinnati Inquirer's Joe Reedy is reporting that Dalton simply had his arm numbed by the hit, akin to someone hitting him in the funny bone, and should be fine for the start of the regular season and any activity leading up to it.

Bruce Gradkowski replaced Dalton for the Bengals while Dalton headed to the sideline. Initially, Dalton had trouble making it off the field, and collapsed on the sideline after staying down on the field after the play was over. The Bengals are up 16-14 on the Colts midway through the third quarter in both teams' final preseason game on Thursday night. Gradkowski threw for 95 yards and a touchdown in relief of Dalton.

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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.

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