Andy Dalton's first pass with his healed thumb plopped right to the couch. And it felt really good.
The Bengals quarterback had to wait until long after the Super Bowl to start throwing again. He broke his right thumb during a loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 13 and sat out the rest of the season, including a first-round playoff loss to the Steelers.
He was cleared to fully work out in March and is back to throwing every pass without a problem, one of the most encouraging signs for the Bengals as they start another offseason of moving beyond their years of playoff angst.
"I've never had that much time off from throwing, so I was just getting back into it again and...