Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was absent from the team’s practice Tuesday due to a “minor health issue,” the team announced.
The Bengals released the following statement:
“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.”
“I just hope Marvin’s health gets back to normal and we can get him back out here quickly,” Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said, via Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Bengals head coach is entering a contract year in 2017 and is coming off his first losing season (6-9-1) since 2010. Lewis, 58, is entering his 15th season with the franchise and has amassed 118-103-3 record.
NFL Network’s Stacey Dales reports that Lewis is dealing with a cyst in his knee.
The Bengals kick off their preseason schedule against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday.