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Lewis Comments on Dalton's Recovery
Friday, Feb. 26
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters Dalton's rehab was on schedule, and the team expects him to take part in OTAs this offseason.
Dalton Comments on Recovery
Wednesday, Feb. 10
When speaking with Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website, Dalton made it sound like his thumb is almost good to go; however, he won't be throwing right away.
"Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it,” Dalton said in a text to Hobson. “I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100 percent.”
Dalton Enjoyed Breakout Season Before Injury
Recently completing his fifth season in the league, Dalton suffered an injury in Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers that derailed the Bengals' postseason hopes when they lost him for the season.
At the time of the 28-year-old starter's injury, the Bengals were 10-2 when backup AJ McCarron stepped in. Cincinnati went 2-2 to finish the regular season and lost in the Wild Card Round to the Steelers.
Per Hobson, if the Bengals had made the Super Bowl, Dalton could have likely come back and played, but if they had advanced to the divisional or championship round, playing him would have "been a close, dicey call."
Before the injury, Dalton was on pace for one of the best seasons of his career, compiling 3,250 yards, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 12 full games under coordinator Hue Jackson's offense.
With Jackson now gone to coach the Cleveland Browns, a healed Dalton will come back to a new offensive coordinator in Ken Zampese. What could make things even more difficult for him is if free-agent receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu leave Cincinnati.
His first priority, though, is getting that thumb and his hand ready to throw for the 2016 season. There's no use in rushing back this offseason and risking reinjury to himself, therefore hurting the Bengals' preparations for next year.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.