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Andy Dalton Back from the Flu and Other Playoff Week Notes

January 5th, 2012 at 12:28 PM
By Chuck Chapman

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton missed yesterday's practice because of flu-like symptoms which ultimately resulted in him visiting the hospital because of gastric distress. Dalton returned to the practice field today and ruled himself ready to go for Saturday's playoff showdown in Houston.

“I feel great. It was a tough day yesterday, but I feel a lot better than I did. I’ll be out there practicing and be ready to go,” Dalton said. “It was just a one-day thing. It was kind of out of nowhere. But I feel good now, so that’s a good thing.”

Dalton wasn't overly concerned about missing practice yesterday as the Bengals just faced Houston four weeks ago. He did say he spent some time yesterday going over film while resting.

Cincinnati native Rico Murray is also back with the team, having been signed to the practice squad earlier in the week. The Moeller graduate had been with the Bengals on and off since 2009 and was released earlier in the season. Known for his special teams play, Murray is insurance for the Bengals in case of injury, especially the dinged up Taylor Mays whose status for Saturday is questionable.

Carlos Dunlap continues to nurse a sore hamstring, but looks ready for Saturday. He's been working on the side all week during Bengals' practices.

Speaking of those practices, Mike Brown needs to make the next right move along with what he's done already this year by signing free agents, inking key players and offering ticket discounts to fans. The Bengals need an indoor practice facility.

This week's weather has been predictably chilly as it's Cincinnati and it's January. On Saturday they head to balmy Houston and will be playing indoors. Why Brown continues to subject his highly paid players to injury and illness is beyond me. I don't think Andy Dalton's flu was necessarily related, but will it take a key player pulling a muscle or getting sick to force Brown to see the obvious?

UC already has a practice dome. Brown could negotiate something with them for its use, or he could pony up and show some more good will towards his players and staff and have one built by Paul Brown Stadium. He should make the decision now and it would be ready to go by next season.

Tags: Andy Dalton, Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Mike Brown, NFL, Rico Murray

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