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Bengals QB Dalton (thumb) avoids serious injury

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton left Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns with a right thumb injury, but head coach Marvin Lewis said it is not likely a long-term issue.

Pro Football Talk reported that X-rays were negative and the initial diagnosis is a thumb sprain. It's unclear if Dalton will be ready to face the Denver Broncos next Sunday.

Dalton was taken to the locker room and initially ruled questionable to return after he hit his hand during a scramble for the ball following an errant snap by rookie center Billy Price early in the third quarter. The Browns recovered the loose ball and scored a touchdown two plays later to take a 35-7 lead.

The Bengals officially ruled Dalton out at the end of the third.

Dalton was 10 of 17 for 100 yards, one touchdown and one interception before leaving. He was replaced by Jeff Driskel, a 2016 sixth-round pick who entered with seven career pass attempts, all this season.

Driskel finished 17-of-29 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown, while adding three carries for 9 yards and a score. He got the Bengals within 15 points with eight minutes to play and led a third drive into the red zone, but his fourth-down pass with 3:12 left fell incomplete to seal the Browns' 35-20 win.

A broken right thumb ended Dalton's 2015 season -- the best year of his career -- prematurely after the Bengals had started 10-2.

The Bengals were already without wideout A.J. Green (toe) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (back). Glenn's replacement, Jake Fisher, left with his own back injury and was ruled out.

--Field Level Media

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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