Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been voted the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance Sunday against Indianapolis.
Dalton completed 24 of 35 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score to lead the Bengals to a 42-28 victory against the Colts.
It’s the second time Dalton has won the award this season, with the other coming in Week 6 against Buffalo. Dalton also was voted AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October.
“I was a little surprised by this one,” Dalton said. “There were some guys who had bigger weeks. Just goes to show what we were able to do. It was a big week for us offensively and we have to keep that going.”
Dalton becomes the first Bengals player to win three individual awards in the same season since David Fulcher in 1989 (two weekly and one monthly).
The NFL has issued the weekly awards since 1984 and the monthly awards since 1986.
As a team, the Bengals this season have won six weekly or monthly league awards, just one short of the franchise-record seven achieved last season.
In addition to Dalton’s three awards, other winners this season have been punter Kevin Huber (Special Teams for Week 13 at San Diego), linebacker Vontaze Burfict (Defense for Week 11 vs. Cleveland) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (Offense for Week 8 vs. N.Y. Jets).
Hall hopeful: Injured cornerback Leon Hall was in the Bengals locker room with a boot on his right foot and a smile on face Wednesday afternoon.
“I feel good,” said Hall, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Oct. 20 at Detroit.
It’s the same injury he suffered late in the 2011 season, only to his left foot. Hall vowed to return from that injury by 2012 training camp, and he did. He said he has the same timetable in mind this time.
“That’s how I look at it,” he said. “Compared to when I got hurt a couple years ago, I’ve got a few extra weeks. That’s the plan. It’s the same injury, but every injury’s different. I’m kind of approaching this one the same way I approached the last one as far as we’re just going to rehab every day, see what happens in six months.”
Pro Bowl voting: Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green remains the second-leading vote getter among wide receivers heading into the final two weeks of Pro Bowl voting.
Green trails Calvin Johnson by more than 166,000 votes.
The only other Bengals player in the top 10 at his position is Vontaze Burfict, who is 10th among inside linebackers.
Injury Report: Cornerback Terence Newman (knee) and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) were the only players who did not practice Wednesday. Newman injured his left knee Sunday against Indianapolis and is expected to miss one to three weeks.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (thigh), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (knee), safety George Iloka (concussion) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (shoulder) were limited.
Even though Iloka was limited, he has cleared the league’s concussion protocol and is expected to play Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Quote of the day: Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark was the Steelers player who did the conference call with Cincinnati media members Wednesday, and he was asked if the edge James Harrison possesses is something teammates find contagious.
“No,” Clark said jokingly. “No one wants to be as big of a jerk as James can be sometimes.”