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That's life in the NFL: High-flying Bengals are laid low by injury to QB Andy Dalton

That's life in the NFL: High-flying Bengals are laid low by injury to QB Andy Dalton

The NFL season was going too well for the Cincinnati Bengals, too smoothly for a franchise that hasn't won a playoff game since the 1990 season. While star players on other teams fell to injury, the Bengals navigated the first three-quarters of the season relatively unscathed, and stayed on track to potentially become the AFC's top-seeded team.

But Sunday, adversity came knocking.

Quarterback Andy Dalton, with a chance to clinch the AFC North by beating Pittsburgh at home, suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand while tackling a defensive lineman who had picked off his shovel pass. Dalton, in the midst of the best season of his career, left the game, returned with a cast,...

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