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.
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.