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Cincinnati Bengals Bruised, but not Broken After Game One Victory

September 13th, 2011 at 9:04 AM
By Chuck Chapman

The afterglow of the Cincinnati Bengals comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday was tinged with the shadow of injuries. Quarterback Andy Dalton was forced from the game with what was a forearm contusion, Carlos Dunlap left with a leg injury, and Andrew Whitworth was in a walking boot following the game. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy reports that all is better than what first appeared on Sunday.

Dalton is "questionable" for Sunday's game in Denver depending on how he progresses during the week. Scans showed no break in Dalton's right arm, and head coach Marvin Lewis said his condition was improved on Monday. The plan is for Dalton to start against the Broncos, but backup Bruce Gradkowski will be ready if Dalton can't regain enough strength to grip the ball before game time.

Carlos Dunlap's leg injury was a result of being stepped on. Aside from a couple of cleat marks, the defensive end should be fine for Sunday and ready to apply pressure to Kyle Orton.


Seeing Andrew Whitworth in a walking boot was perhaps the most concerning site of all. The anchor of the offensive line, Whitworth was just locked up through 2015 as a Bengal. Joe Reedy reports that Whitworth was walking fine on Monday without the boot. He is expected to be in the lineup this weekend.

Tags: Andrew Whitworth, Andy Dalton, Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, NFL

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