Marvin Lewis says John Ross hid shoulder injury from Bengals

Marvin Lewis: Bengals WR John Ross admits to concealing shoulder injury

Marvin Lewis: Bengals WR John Ross admits to concealing shoulder injury

Bengals wide receiver John Ross had been concealing an injury to his left shoulder and finally "came clean" Wednesday, head coach Marvin Lewis told Ross Tucker during an interview on SiriusXM Radio. Ross underwent shoulder surgery this spring, but Lewis said this injury is to the other shoulder. The former Washington Huskies wide receiver was a top-10 selection by the Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft but since arriving, Ross has contributed only one catch for 12 yards and that is not exactly standard operating procedure for a player picked near the top of the class.

The answer, Lewis says, is that Ross had been hiding his injury.

The 23-year-old Ross then sustained a knee injury during the final preseason game before returning in Week 2, only to be benched after fumbling on an end-around play.

John Ross' rookie season didn't go as planned, as the first-round pick was put on injured reserve after playing in just three games and failing to record a single reception.