Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton met with doctors about the fracture in his right thumb on Monday and it appears he will avoid an operation as part of the healing process.
According to multiple reports, Dalton will not have surgery to help repair the injury. The hope is that the bone can heal on it’s own over the next few weeks and that Dalton will be able to return for the postseason. At this point, the Bengals have only ruled him out for Week 15.
NBC sports medicine analyst Mike Ryan said on PFT Live Monday that the best-case scenario for Dalton’s return would be Week 17 with that timeline dependent on the location and type of fracture that he suffered. He also said that Dalton will need some time to build muscles back up once the bone has healed.
The Bengals can buy Dalton another week for that to happen if they earn one of the top two seeds in the AFC. They’re currently in the second spot and have a Monday night game with the Broncos in Week 16 that will likely determine if they hold onto that standing heading into the postseason.