Marvin Lewis taking time away from Bengals due to health issue reported as cyst
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Bengals said on Tuesday that Head Coach Marvin Lewis will be spending some time away from the team for a minor health issue a day after he was seen riding around on a cart due to a leg problem.
In a Tweet, the team announced that coach Lewis is focusing on a 'minor health issue' and will be back with the team 'as soon as possible.'
The team noted that could be today or later this week.
A national report on Tuesday said Lewis has a Baker's Cyst which is defined as a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind the knee. The pain can get worse when a person fully flexes or extends their knee or when they're active.
Special Teams Coordinator Darrin Simmons will lead the team while Lewis is gone.
Simmons said he learned he would be put in charge of practice before it started, but he still thought Lewis might be able to make the practice.
"Just saw a glimpse of him out here," Simmons said of Lewis. "He was on the cart, then he was out of here. 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 hasn’t’ been exactly right. He’ll be fine. Something he has to take care of. He’ll be back."
He was put in charge by team president Mike Brown rather than either defensive coordinator Paul Guenther or offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, because those two have a lot on their plate at this point, and because special teams assistant Brayden Coombs can handle the limited reps specials teams gets during camp.
"We've got a good guy in place, Brayden, if it comes to that, that he can handle (special teams) and it will cause the least disruption on offense and defense," said Simmons. "Paully can still control the defense, Kenny can still control the offense. No waves.
"It was still a bit up in the air whether coach Lewis was going to be out here at practice or not. I just figured he'd still probably be out here, but I guess he thought otherwise. He's ben dealing with a health thing and we'll go from there. Hopefully he can get healthy as fast as he can. Obviously our first thought is with him. "
Simmons said he was simply, "the fill in for the day," but that, "it is obviously an honor that the Brown family thinks of me in this situation."
It's unclear if Lewis will be able to coach Friday's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7:30 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium, and it can be seen on Local12).
The Bengals have a short 45-minute practice scheduled on Wednesday and a light walk-through on Thursday.