Marvin Lewis dealing with blood clot in ankle

Marvin Lewis dealing with blood clot in ankle

It was announced on Tuesday that Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis would be away from the team with a medical issue.

Before training camp began, Lewis heaped praise on his longtime assistant's ability to connect with the team.

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 used a cart to shuttle to the practice field earlier this week, which isn't his usual routine. "Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons will lead the team during Coach Lewis' absence".

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Unfortunately, her day of relaxation had to be postponed, as she wound up babysitting her niece on Monday. Willingham said on Monday when she dropped the kids off to begin the year.

The franchise did say this is a minor issue for Lewis, adding the longtime leader could be back at practice within a day or a few days. Simmons has been a member of Lewis' staff in Cincinnati since 2003, when Lewis was hired as head coach.

The Bengals open the preseason at Paul Brown Stadium on Friday against Tampa Bay.

Lewis will turn 59 years old in September and has accrued a 118-103-3 record in his previous 14 seasons with the Bengals.

At this point, there is no update on how soon Lewis will return to the sideline.

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