Updated: 6 p.m.
LewisMarvin Lewis is going to coach Monday night's third preseason game from the Atlanta press box as he rehabs from ankle surgery.
Lewis apeared at Friday's news conference on crutches after coaching his second straight day from a golf cart following his Wednesday surgery.
As expected, Lewis wouldn't divulge how it happened, calling it only a "non-football injury," classified in the NFL as "NFI."
No doubt Lewis violated some doctor's orders by showing up at work first thing Thursday morning and working practices Thursday and Friday.
"I've got to get around and I've got to do this," said Lewis, who also has a scooter to take him around the PBS halls. "I wouldn't have consented to do the surgery had I not been able to do it my way. Sometimes me and the doctors aren't necessarily agreeing what 100 percent my way is. They obviously want to see the best thing for the rehab and surgery, but I do need to coach this football team. That's my job and I'm not going to let this get in the way of that."
It's been 11 years since Lewis last coached from a press box, his first season as the Ravens defensive coordinator. P>These past two days have served as a trial run for Lewis' new practice schedule during the regular season for the two heaviest days of the week, Wednesday and Thursday. Lewis has moved the practices up about 2.5 hours, from about 1:30 p.m. to 11 a.m., in order to cut down on the dead time between lunch and the workout, as well as have time to clean up points that surface in practice.
Lewis wouldn't get specific about playing time Monday, but said the starters would play longer than they have in the previous two games.
JonesJONES BRACES: Left tackle Levi Jones (knee) went through his third straight practice Friday, backing up what he said Thursday when he said he's become comfortable with whatever pain he is having. He did say after Thursday's practice that he's getting used to wearing braces on both knees because he thinks he'll have to do it this season.
"I never wore braces on both. I may have to and it's important to get used to it now," Jones said. "It hasn't hindered me at all as far as jumping and running, but it's a hassle just walking around."
Lewis said he hopes right tackle Wilie Anderson (foot) will be back next week.
SLANTS AND SCREENS
How down were the Bengals' linebackers numbers Friday? With starting strong side backer Rashad Jeanty not practicing and one of his backups, Eric Henderson, on IR, plenty.
But other spots seem to be getting healthier. Cornerback Blue Adams, sidelined all camp with a neck problem, worked on the side. Cornerback Deltha O'Neal returned to practice after a day of rest but corner Brandon Williams and safety Herana-Daze Jones didn't. Also safety Madieu Williams didn't work, but indications are it isn't anything major.
But it's not good news for left tackle Adam Kieft. He says it looks like he has to have more surgery on his foot stress fracture.
Wide receiver Antonio Chatman (hamstring) remains sidelined. Right tackle Willie Anderson (foot) and cornerback Ethan Kilmer (quad) also didn't work.
After a 104-degree day on the field Thursday, it looked to be just as warm. The Bengals.com temperature reading on the side of Paul Brown Stadium read 88 at 11:40 a.m.