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Bengals' Dalton won't need thumb surgery

CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton won't need surgery on his broken right thumb and could play again this season.

Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand while making a tackle on an interception in Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Steelers. He had an appointment with a specialist on Monday who recommended that the fracture could heal without surgery.

It's still unclear how many games he'll miss. Dalton's hand will remain in a cast for now.

"Basically we'll go week to week with things," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "I think that's about as good an outcome right now as we could expect."

AJ McCarron will make his first NFL start Sunday for Cincinnati in San Francisco. A quarterback from Alabama, where McCarron won back-to-back national titles, hasn't won an NFL game as a starter since Jeff Rutledge in 1987, according to STATS.

"That's history," McCarron said Monday. "I'm not really worried about history. I'm worried about what we have right now."

Giants edge Dolphins

MIAMI — Odell Beckham made two touchdown catches, including an 84-yarder to break a fourth-quarter tie, and the Giants forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East by beating the Dolphins 31-24 on Monday night.

New York's Eli Manning went 27-for-31 for 337 yards and four scores. His passer rating of 151.5 was his highest since 2009.

The Giants broke a three-game losing streak and tied with the Redskins and Eagles for the lead in their woeful division. The Dolphins were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, extending their postseason drought to a franchise-record seven straight years.

Beckham had seven catches for 166 yards for his team-record sixth 100-yard game in a row.

Bears: Safety Antrel Rolle, a former college standout at Miami, is out for the season with a sprained right knee.

Browns: A day after Johnny Manziel played perhaps his best game as a pro, coach Mike Pettine, who seemed to have run out of patience with the quarterback a few weeks ago, said the 23-year-old is doing everything the team has asked. "Here's a guy that shows up to work every day excited," Pettine said. "He puts in his preparation so he grinds in the meeting room. He asks great questions. He brings up good points. Guys respect that." … Six weeks after his second concussion this season, former Gators cornerback Joe Haden was put on season-ending injured reserve.

Colts: Andrew Luck hopes to practice Wednesday. The quarterback has missed four games with a lacerated kidney and partly torn abdominal muscle.

Jets: Rookie receiver Devin Smith (torn ligament, right knee) is expected to be put on season-ending injured reserve.

Lions: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Packers: Defensive end Mike Daniels signed an extension for $42 million over four years, the Associated Press reported.

Raiders: Two-time Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo dislocated his right shoulder Sunday against Denver and could be out for the season.

Texans: Quarterback Brian Hoyer is doubtful for next week's AFC South showdown against Indianapolis after suffering his second concussion in less than a month in Sunday night's 27-6 loss to the Patriots.

Titans: Running back and former Largo High standout Dexter McCluster needs surgery on his broken left wrist and is out for the season, as is linebacker Derrick Morgan (left shoulder), interim coach Mike Mularkey said.

Honor: Eight finalists were named for the league's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Ravens running back Justin Forsett, Bears running back Matt Forte, Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, Titans cornerback Jason McCourty, 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley and Raiders safety Charles Woodson. Players vote for the winner, which will be revealed Feb. 6.

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