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Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis disputes initial report on Andre Smith's injury

There are differing reports on what Andre Smith actually hurt during Cincinnati's 22-13 win over the Houston Texans. We do know that it was his left arm and that it could end his season.

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One has to remember that when games are ongoing, news and updates about injuries can be infrequent and rather chaotic. It's not hard to have one report disputed by another report, or a coach, after the game -- because that's when things become more settled and clarity sets in.

Here's the situation:

With 7:01 remaining in the first quarter, J.J. Watt batted down an Andy Dalton pass from the Bengals nine-yard line. Andre Smith, who was blocking Watt on the play, appeared to have aggravated something before finally taking a knee.

The team would eventually announce that he would not return to the game.

Mike Garafolo with Fox Sports wrote a tweet that Smith had "suffered a significant tear to his triceps", but the team won't know the full extent until a scheduled MRI on Monday.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that the injury was a left bicep... not tricep.

Either way, the feeling is that Smith's injury is serious enough to threaten the rest of his season.