The Bengals could be without Marvin Lewis for their preseason opener. A health issue caused him to miss Tuesday’s practice.
The Bengals could be without Head Coach Marvin Lewis, on Friday night. When the Bengals host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lewis will be recuperating from what’s been diagnosed as a knee problem. His injury is causing swelling. The Bengals released a statement concerning Coach Lewis’ status after Tuesday’s practice.
Coach Marvin Lewis will be taking time away from the team to focus on a minor health issue. He will be back as soon as possible, which could be today or later this week. Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons will lead the team during Coach Lewis’ absence.
Lewis is in game mode already. Though he has been ordered to take it easy for a few days, he was seen on a golf cart before players headed out onto the field for practice. If Lewis is able to channel the same energy from 2007, he’ll be at the Tampa Bay battle. That season, he had surgery to repair torn tendons in his ankle but was able to coach a game against the Falcons five days later.
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"“He came out here on the cart like he was going to carry on as normal,” Simmons said, via Bengals.com. “When you are dealing with things with your health and your body this is a long season, we got to get him for the long haul. He may have missed one day, but he’s a tough guy, he’s a resilient guy. He’ll be back when it’s safe and he can be back. But most importantly he needs to take care of himself right now.”"
No Time For Hard Feelings
With the Bengals looking like a powerhouse offensively and a defensive monster, his presence at the first game is crucial. Having Lewis overlook the proceedings from the press box could be an advantage Cincinnati needs.
No matter what your feelings are about Lewis, this isn’t the time to bring out that Voodoo doll. His input will be needed on what happens and how the team should move forward from the game. Lewis stated that the Bengals had found another player with the drive, passion and smarts they’ve been looking for. Carl Lawson happens to be that study. Being there to witness him in real-time will go a long way towards a better evaluation of his talent.
Per NFL.com, Lewis was taken to the hospital, after his knee swelled to twice the normal size. Marvin is taking meds to break up what’s known as a Baker’s Cyst.
If he’s not able to attend the game, the Bengals’ coordinators will be able to handle the pressure. With Simmons and the rest of the coaches logging most of their time under Lewis, things should continue to flow.