Tag:Jay Gruden Bruce Gradkowski
Posted on: September 11, 2011 5:34 pm
 

X-Rays negative on Andy Dalton's injured wrist

Posted by Will Brinson

The Andy Dalton Era in Cincinnati started out pretty well -- the rookie quarterback went 10 of 15 for 81 yards and a touchdown. Then, on the Bengals last offensive play of the first half, Dalton got jacked up by Browns rookie Phil Taylor and left the game with a wrist injury.

There's still no confirmation on exactly what the extent of Dalton's injury is, but according to head coach Marvin Lewis, x-rays on Dalton's wrist came back negative and he'll be probable for the second week's game.

"It's fine," Dalton said after the game, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I couldn't have gripped the ball like I wanted to. The plan is to play next week."

Bruce Gradkowski stepped up in Dalton's place and didn't played pretty poorly, going 5 of 12 for 92 yards, but he found made up for it by finding rookie A.J. Green for the go-ahead touchdown. Or, at least, well enough to help the Bengals win 27-17 over division rival Cleveland.

And that's good news should Dalton be forced to miss any time as a result of the injury. Perhaps the best news, though, is early indications are that Cincy seems to have done pretty well with its first two selections of the 2011 NFL Draft.



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Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Dalton took his first in-game snaps as an NFL quarterback on Friday night, and things did not go as well as Ryan and I predicted they might in our recent AFC North preview.

In fact, they went quite poorly -- Dalton (under)threw a terrible interception on his first pass of the night, managed to have Ndamukong Suh -- literally -- pop his helmet off, and generally looked lost despite finishing with an 11-for-15 line that produced 69 yards.

But, hey, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said it wasn't a "total debacle" for the rook!

"The game wasn’t a total debacle on his part," Gruden said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He can get better as can everyone else. The good thing is there isn’t anyone that can say 'Hey, I'm awesome.' Everybody can say they have a lot of improvement to do."

Gruden also pointed out that Cincy's offense "has a long way to go" and pointed to the early interception as the team trying "to take a shot to A.J. [Green]" only to have Suh storm up the middle and pressure Dalton.

Said pressure might have been mitigated by waiting a little while for said shot, but, hey, whatever. He's the boss. (Well, not the boss. The boss is the guy who refuses to trade Carson Palmer and try to help Dalton down the line. But you get the point.)

And it's the first preseason game for the Bengals in a shortened year, and the first start in Dalton's career. So the "everyone has lots of improvement" argument does hold some water.

However, when you start throwing around the phrase "wasn't a total debacle" it makes you kind of sound like General Custer's publicist or something.

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