Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis corrected himself during Monday's press conference. After calling it a bicep injury following Sunday's game, he essentially confirmed the original report that right tackle Andre Smith did suffer a tricep injury, but didn't confirm the severity... nor what to expect.
Marvin Lewis says he doesn't yet know what long-term prognosis is on Andre Smith. Says he misspoke on biceps yesterday. Has triceps injury— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) November 24, 2014
Mike Garafolo with Fox Sports initially reported that Smith had suffered a "significant tear to his triceps" and that the general feeling is that it could be a season-ender. The sixth-year offensive tackle was scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine the severity.
Backup tackle Marshall Newhouse stepped in for Smith, tasked with blocking defensive end J.J. Watt. Despite horrible Pro Football Focus scores, Newhouse only allowed two pressures to Watt. There's no doubt that Watt is one of the superior players in the NFL, but according to Sunday's PFF grades, he scored the highest... suggesting that he was the best player in the game.
"He was ready for this. He was ready. He doesn't back down from a challenge," Zeitler said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He did as well as anyone has done all year on (Watt)."