Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict had surgery to remove a chip in his left knee Wednesday morning and is expected to miss the next two games.
"It's like removing a rock from your shoe," said Marvin Lewis on the scope of Burfict's knee. "The problem is, if it locks in the joint, then your leg locks. The best thing was to bite the bullet now and get him back, then rehab him the rest of the way."
Burfict played through the knee injury in Sunday's win against Baltimore. The team initially thought it was just a bruise, but learned Burfict would need surgery on Monday morning.
"I don't think he's ever had a surgery before," said Lewis. "[The surgery] was done successful and everybody feels good about it."
Burfict has had several injuries since week one including several concussions, neck injuries and now a knee injury.
Burfict has 29 combined tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in five games played this season. Burfict has only completed one full game this season after earning a trip to the Pro Bowl last year.
The Bengals are hopeful Burfict can return on Nov. 16 at New Orleans.