Bengals DT Peko has knee surgery

Defensive tackle Domata Peko had arthroscopic knee surgery on

Monday, sidelining one of the Cincinnati Bengals’ best run stoppers

for at least a couple of weeks.

Peko sprained his left knee during a game on Oct. 18 but didn’t

miss any time. He injured the right knee a few weeks ago and was

inactive for a 23-13 win over the Detroit Lions. Second-year player

Pat Sims started in his place and had one tackle.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Peko could be available later in the

season after surgery on his right knee. Asked if Peko aggravated

the injury last week, Lewis said, “Nobody knows. But sometimes the

different scans show different things, and so they did another scan

last week and felt like probably the thing to do was to go in and

scope it, and he would recover more quickly.”

Peko is the second Bengals starting defensive lineman to have

surgery. End Antwan Odom is out for the season with a torn right

Achilles’ tendon.

Lewis said that rookie running back Bernard Scott also is likely

to miss a second straight game because of turf toe. Cedric Benson

and Larry Johnson are available to run in Minnesota next

Sunday.

The Bengals (9-3) solidified their hold on first place in the

AFC North and secured their second winning record in the past 19

years by beating the Lions.