Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apparently believes running back Jeremy Hill should be putting his injured ankle on the line in the team’s 3-6 season.
The team placed Hill on injured reserve Saturday after the running back opted to get season-ending ankle surgery. Lewis told Cincinnati.com he was surprised that Hill’s season is over and he threw some slight shade at the back.
“Jeremy thinks he needs to have ankle surgery,” Lewis said. “Yeah, I think I would be (surprised). I think he’s consulted a couple physicians, both said that this was something that could wait until after the season but he just felt like it was causing too much discomfort.”
Hill had apparently been dealing with the ankle injury for some time, but his name never showed up on the injury report. This is what appears to have irked Lewis.
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“I don’t think he had any instance of (a problem) since this August when he rolled his ankle in training camp, or whatever it was, training camp or warmups in a game I can’t remember what it was,” Lewis said. “One of those times in the preseason. But that’s the only instance he’s had this fall.”
Lewis, who has been the Bengals head coach since 2003, is likely upset because losing Hill means one less skill player on offense. Lewis is likely coaching for his job after 14 seasons in Cincinnati, which includes seven playoff appearances but no postseason wins.
The Bengals are currently heading toward what looks like a second straight season without a playoff appearance so it might not be a terrible idea for Hill to shut himself down.
Hill has also seen a reduced roll with the team this season after the Bengals drafted running back Joe Mixon this past spring. The running back’s season comes to an end with 37 carries for 116 yards with no touchdowns.