Latest from the NFL: Dalton hurts thumb, out for game

The latest from NFL games on the 14th Sunday of the regular season (all times EST):

1:40 p.m.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been ruled out for the game against Pittsburgh after injuring his right thumb while making a tackle on an interception return in the first quarter.

Dalton tried to make a shovel pass to running back Giovani Bernard, but defensive end Stephon Tuitt picked it off at the 7-yard line. Dalton helped bring him down, came to the sideline and was seen by a trainer. AJ McCarron started warming up.

It's Dalton's first injury since his first game as a rookie, when he missed half a game against Cleveland with an injured right wrist. He led the NFL in passer rating heading into the game.

– Joe Kay reporting from Cincinnati

1:30 p.m.

Phil Dawson has been welcomed back by Browns fans he thrilled for 14 seasons.

The steady kicker returned to Cleveland as an opposing player for the first time since he signed as a free agent with San Francisco in 2013.

Dawson, who is second on the Browns' career scoring list, received a standing ovation after a video tribute of his time in Cleveland was shown on the stadium scoreboards.

Dawson waved to the crowd and touched his hand to his chest in appreciation.

The 40-year-old made 305 field goals with the Browns, who elected not to re-sign him.

– Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland

12:55 p.m.

Terrelle Pryor's finally getting the chance to show off his receiving skills.

The former Oakland and Ohio State quarterback, who changed positions to prolong his NFL career, is active for Sunday's game against San Francisco and the Browns are expected to play Pryor as they try to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Pryor spent training camp with Cleveland but was one of the team's final cuts. The Browns have long been intrigued by his size and athleticism and they re-signed the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor on Dec. 2.

It's possible the Browns will give Pryor a few snaps at quarterback. Johnny Manziel is back in the starting lineup after being benched two games for bad behavior.

The Browns are thin at receiver with Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel both sidelined with concussions. Also, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who signed a two-year contract with $9 million guaranteed during the offseason, was inactive for the eighth time – seven as a healthy scratch.

– Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland

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