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Andy Dalton Injury: Thumb injury does not require surgery for Bengals QB

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton might see the field again during the 2015 season after all.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton fractured his thumb early in his team's match up at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After throwing an interception, he attempted to tackle behemoth Steelers defender Stephon Tuitt. Needless to day, that plan didn't work out too well for Dalton.

Dalton summarily left the game, went into the locker room, and reemerged wearing street clothes and a cast. In his stead A.J. McCarron played the rest of the game with Mohamed Sanu available as an emergency backup.

Though there were rumors that Dalton was done for the season, it was announced on Monday after a visit with a hand specialist that he will not need surgery and may be ready to play in the postseason, perhaps even sooner.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said via TribLive.com, "Basically, we'll go week to week with things. I think that's about as good an outcome right now as we could

Even if Andy Dalton is on the field, Steelers offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert is eager to witness another Bengals-esque postseason collapse. (The original tweet has been deleted, but you can read his thoughts here.) Cincinnati has lost seven straight postseason games.