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Andy Dalton (thumb fracture) won't play next week

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Andy Dalton's dream 2015 season has hit a huge road block.

Dalton was knocked out of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter after suffering a thumb fracture. He said he will see a specialist Monday and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said his quarterback will miss next week's game against the 49ers. Dalton said he'll have a better idea as to what the timetable for his return will be after he visits with the specialist.

Every game, all season

Dalton said he suffered the injury while attempting to make a tackle during the first quarter. Bengals backup AJ McCarron played the rest of the game for the Bengals, who were trailing 7-0 at the time of Dalton's injury.

He was seen on the sideline in the second quarter in a cast. Dalton has played like a top-tier quarterback all season, throwing 25 touchdown passes and six interceptions on the way to a 10-2 record. The bad news didn't end there for the Bengals; tight end Tyler Eifert suffered a concussion in the loss as well.

The Bengals are in great shape to make the playoffs regardless of what happens the rest of the way, but the team's quest for a playoff bye has gotten more complicated.

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