Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will take a leave of absence to focus on a “minor” health issue, the Bengals announced today. According to the NFL Network’s Stacey Dales, Lewis is dealing with a blood clot in his ankle.
Lewis could be back later in the week, according to the team.
Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons will lead the team until Lewis is able to return.
The 58-year-old Lewis has coached the Bengals for the past 14 years. Lewis has led Cincinnati to the playoffs for five straight years, and seven times in total. However, Lewis has not been able to win a playoff game for the Bengals.
Lewis is the all-time winningest coach in Bengals history.
Team statement on Marvin Lewis' absence: pic.twitter.com/kqoiRCBWYu
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