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Bengals tell Dalton to stop trying to make tackles

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals stands on the sidelines after injuring his hand in the first quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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The Bengals’ Super Bowl hopes were dealt a huge blow last year when quarterback Andy Dalton broke his hand trying to make a tackle. That won’t happen again.

That’s the word from Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, who said this morning on PFT Live that it has been stressed to Dalton that if there’s an interception, a fumble or anything else that might result in Dalton taking an unnecessary hit, he should get as far away from it as possible.

“We’ve made that clear here. We’ve made that clear. Whatever happens, he needs to run his ass back to the sideline,” Jones said.

Dalton has played well in limited action in the preseason, completing 11 of his 14 passes for 110 yards. More importantly, he has avoided contact. Continuing to avoid contact when the real games start may be the key to the Bengals finally winning a playoff game, for the first time since 1990.