Dalton was hit by Browns rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor on Cincinnati's final offensive play in the first half. He favored his arm as he came off the field and was checked by trainers before going to the locker room.
Backup Bruce Gradkowski started the second half. Dalton returned to the sideline still wearing his shoulder pads, and after meeting with Cincinnati's medical staff, he threw several warmup tosses. However, Gradkowski remained in the game for Cincinnati's second series.