The question has been answered: Andy Dalton is the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, and health is no longer part of the conversation.
Dennis Allen confirmed Wednesday afternoon on a conference call with reporters that the veteran would remain the starting quarterback as the Saints host the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen also noted that Jameis Winston, who has been recovering from back and ankle injuries, was a full participant in practice.
"We're going to continue down that road with Andy as the quarterback," Allen said.
The Saints head coach referred to the choice as an "offensive decision," with the performance of the team's offense the last several weeks with Dalton under center.
The team has been one of the top offenses in the NFL so far as moving the ball and scoring points, "and that's the name of the game," Allen said.
When pressed, Allen confirmed that Winston's health wasn't a factor, but he did leave the door open for more debate.
"If we continue to move the ball offensively, Andy will stay in there," Allen said.