10/16/2014 04:51 pm ET

NFLPA President Rips Bengals Coach Over Questionable Concussion Comments

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NFL Players Association president Eric Winston wasn't going to let the comments from Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis go without a stern response.

While answering a question about Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's history of concussions, Lewis seemed to suggest that the media is to blame for concussions lingering longer.

"I coached defenses and linebackers for a long time and concussions didn't linger," Lewis said at a press conference on Wednesday, via Paul Dehner Jr. of "Now we have found that because of the media and things they seem to linger longer. There's a lot of attention paid to it. I don't know why they linger longer. I don't remember them lingering like they do now."

Hours later, Winston took aim at Lewis with a series of tweets.

ESPN's Coley Harvey speculated that Winston, a former offensive lineman, may have also been referring to Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera with his tweets as well. On Wednesday, Rivera said Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a "mild" concussion during last Sunday's game against the Bengals, per