Chicago Bears starting quarterback Andy Dalton underwent an MRI Monday on the knee he injured Sunday against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter that the results confirmed a bone bruise, and no official determination has been made about Dalton's status for the Bears' next game against the Browns in Cleveland:
Also from Rapoport via Twitter:
Bears head coach Matt Nagy told reporters after Sunday's win against the Bengals that he was pretty sure the long-time Bengals starter did not suffer an ACL injury.
The Bears replaced Dalton with rookie Justin Fields after Dalton hurt his knee at the end of a second-quarter run.
The Bears announced late in the first half that Dalton was questionable to return to the game with the knee injury. Late in the third quarter, Dalton was downgraded to doubtful.
He did not play in the second half of the Bears' 20-17 win.
Dalton, who led the Bears to a touchdown on their opening drive of the game, was seen limping on the sideline after the play. The Bengals stopped Fields and the Bears on fourth down a couple of plays later.
Dalton was examined, but was able to jog and drop back to test out the knee on the sideline. He returned for the Bears' following series, but he walked to the locker room after it.
"First of all, let's find out how bad Andy's hurt. If (Fields) comes in and plays well - and they win the football game - more than likely he will definitely start the following week," Terry Bradshaw said during FOX NFL's halftime show.
The Bengals' starting QB from 2011 to 2019 trails only Ken Anderson among Cincinnati's all-time leaders in passing yardage.
Dalton agreed to terms on a one-year deal - reportedly worth $10 million with the chance to earn another $3 million in incentives - with the Bears in March. The Bears made it clear throughout the offseason that Dalton would be their QB1 when the season started despite selecting Fields in the draft.
Dalton's deal reunited him with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the Bengals' offensive coordinator in 2017 and 2018 who also served as former head coach Marvin Lewis' quarterbacks coach during the 2016 season.
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