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Dalton ruled out of Wild Card Game; Steelers RB Williams out; Geno, Whit named All-Pro


After Friday's workout the Bengals ruled out quarterback Andy Dalton for the fourth straight week with his broken throwing thumb along with H-Back Ryan Hewitt (knee).

The only other Bengal on Friday's injury report in the run-up to Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Steelers (8:15-Cincinnati's Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium is slot cornerback Leon Hall (concussion/back) and he's probable after practicing full all week.

Dalton hasn't practiced since breaking his thumb Dec. 13 against the Steelers when he made a tackle after throwing an interception. Andy Dalton's fourth NFL start comes in the Bengals' fifth straight Wild Card appearance as he joins the list of Dalton (2011-14), Carson Palmer (2005, 2009), Boomer Esiason (1988, 1990), Ken Anderson (1973, 1975, 1981-82) and Virgil Carter (1970) as the club's post-season quarterbacks.

Running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is the Steelers only major casualty and he was also ruled out Friday. That leaves a pair of 5-9, 204-pound backs to get the carries, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman. They've carried the ball a combined 22 times for 66 yards.

GENO AND WHIT NAMED ALL-PRO: Defensive tackle Geno Atkins and left tackle Andrew Whitworth secured the Bengals' only berths on the Associated Press' All-Pro team announced Friday, making them one of five teams with two.

  Atkins, a four-time Pro Bowler, shared the lead for the NFL's most interior sacks with the Rams' Aaron Donald and the Panthers' Kawann Short, all with 11. That's the third time in his six seasons he's tied or led NFL tackles in sacks. He led the Bengals with 17 tackles for loss and was second behind sack leader Carlos Dunlap with 19 quarterback hits.

Whitworth, headed to his second Pro Bowl , is the long-time offensive captain who became the club's left tackle in 2009, a seven-season stretch the Bengals have gone to six playoffs. 

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