Marvin Lewis: Jeremy Hill could have waited until after the season to have surgery

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Bengals running back Jeremy Hill is having season-ending ankle surgery for an injury that coach Marvin Lewis says didn’t have to end Hill’s season.

Lewis said on Monday that two doctors agreed that Hill could have played the rest of the season on his ankle and had surgery after the season, but Hill chose to do it now.

“Jeremy thinks he needs to have ankle surgery,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “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 hadn’t been on the Bengals’ official injury report and Lewis said he didn’t need to be, because he wasn’t experiencing any issues that would indicate he couldn’t play.

“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.”

Those comments suggest Lewis and Hill aren’t on the same page, and that’s not surprising: Lewis is coaching a 3-6 team and wants all hands on deck in an attempt to turn things around. But Hill has to think about his future, specifically the fact that he’s in the last year of his contract, and the Bengals are unlikely to bring him back after drafting running back Joe Mixon this year. For Hill, the right move is to put his injury behind him as quickly as possible and be able to show teams he’s healthy when he hits free agency. Even if Lewis wanted Hill to tough it out for seven more weeks.

38 responses to “Marvin Lewis: Jeremy Hill could have waited until after the season to have surgery

  1. Hill made the right move if he wants to further his career elsewhere.
    How does Lewis still have a job? This guy is so out of tune with his team.

  2. Final year of a contract on a team going nowhere, relegated to being a backup, knowing they aren’t going to resign you, and having a legitimate injury that requires surgery? No reason to wait. If he is going to land another contract he needs to be healthy at the start of free agency.

  3. Dear Mr. Lewis, I don’t believe that there are too many players that would put their careers on the line for you !!!

  4. Hill has been cut in the eyes of the Bungles ever since his fumble in the playoffs… they need to drop that convict.. oh i mean linebacker of theres as well..!!

    Oh and how can we all forget PAC MAN Jones… he will be wearing a DOC jump suit after football as well…

  5. Hill was basically on the bench for the season because of Mixon and the season was over in any case why get hurt and lose out on free agency next year too?

  6. Typical Marvin Lewis throwing players under the bus…..he really has become a ‘me first’ guy. “Hey Jeremy, stick it out and HELP me SAVE MY JOB and don’t thing about YOUR OWN future.” Bengals need to fire Marvin Lewis and soon as last game of the season is played.

  7. Way to throw your guy under the bus Lewis. You can’t dictate terms of how he handles his injury and if I were him, I wouldn’t trust you or that trash organization for a second. Your team is a dumpster fire and you sit there with the gas and matches pointing fingers.

  8. Perfect example of why a player should make as much money as possible while they can. The teams can release them whenever they want, so he should be looking out for his future…whatever it may be.

  9. bettis3636 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Hill has been cut in the eyes of the Bungles ever since his fumble in the playoffs… they need to drop that convict.. oh i mean linebacker of theres as well..!!

    Oh and how can we all forget PAC MAN Jones… he will be wearing a DOC jump suit after football as well…
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    Convict? Burfict has never been arrested nor has had any trouble off the field. Unlike Le’veon Bell, Roethlisberger and Martavis Bryant.

  10. Hill has been getting four carries a game. It is not like Hill has been a bulk of the offense and just decided to leave the team high and dry. Lewis makes no sense with this comment. Other players will take notice and not trust him. They drafted Mixon to be the guy and also have Bernard in the backfield. The team was showing no sign of loyalty to Jeremy Hill. Why should he prolong his recovery? He needs to be as healthy as possible this offseason to score a new job elsewhere. Marvin Lewis should understand this. Very unprofessional.

  11. This time I agree with the player. The team is going no where and he needs surgery. Why wait. He’s young but as a RB has a short window to make money. He’s still on a rookie contract so he has no financial stability. .

  12. Or, Marvin simply was explaining why Hill was not on the injury report all season when Hill stated that he was hurt all year. Hill made an excuse for himself and Marvin made an excuse for himself. Both guys need to go as there are far too many excuses on this team.

  13. Marvin Lewis: Ray Lewis made your career and whatever pictures you have a Bengal ownership has allowed you to continue to have one.

    He is not a leader, strategist, manager or coach. Fire him.

  14. Don’t worry, Martellus Bennett would be complaining about an injured shoulder, need of surgery (after star QB goes down), then go out and catch 3 passes for new team. I don’t get these players.

    Trade or release him and he and his doctors will be fine again.

  15. Marvin, you could learn something here. Why wait until the end of the season to get fired? Just go ahead and resign now.

  16. If he takes money for playing football and is able to play, he should play. If he wants to quit and set himself up for the future, he should stop taking money from the Bengals right now.

  17. Sounds like this coach and the doctors aren’t worth a damn. Coach is worrying about his crap record. The Docs just want to stay on the gravy train, so they’ll say what the team wants them too.

    OR are we reading that there are Doctors performing UNNECESSARY surgeries?

    Guess which it is!

  18. “OR are we reading that there are Doctors performing UNNECESSARY surgeries?”
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    Go to a dentist, “Your teeth are needing a lot of work,”
    Go to a surgeon, “You need surgery.”
    Go to a pulmonologist, “You have sleep apnea and need a CPAC.”
    Say hi to an attorney, “You need legal advice.”
    You need whatever the professional is selling, obviously.

  19. He makes a business decision that is best for his future, then the coach leaks this. Wow…Reminds me when Collins told Capers behind closed doors that he wasn’t up for playing right after his broken jaw and the coaches next move was a presser…

    I feel bad for the team that get the retread when Cinci finally lets him go…

  20. “Hill hadn’t been on the Bengals’ official injury report and Lewis said he didn’t need to be, because he wasn’t experiencing any issues that would indicate he couldn’t play.”

    That’s immaterial. If he’s injured it has to be reported. That’s a violation.

  21. “I feel bad for the team that get the retread when Cinci finally lets him go…”

    Are you talking about the coach, or the player. I would gladly take Hill on my team. The coach, no thanks.

  22. cincybkat says:
    November 14, 2017 at 11:46 am
    Can he get surgery for his stats also? They need to be fixed before free agency.
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    That was very good, not sure why anyone would give a thumbs down other than Hill himself.

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