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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Bengals' Mike Brown gets treatment

By Coley Harvey
ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown had a "minor medical situation" Sunday morning, the team announced in a statement.

Mike Brown
Mike Brown received precautionary treatment for a "minor" medical issue earlier Sunday.

Brown underwent treatment before making a return to Cincinnati later in the afternoon. Out of precaution, that means he won't be attending Sunday night's game between the Bengals and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET in the Week 3 preseason game.

The Bengals aren't releasing any more information at this time.

Brown, 79, has owned and served as team president since 1991, when his father and team founder, Paul Brown, died. An innovator of the game as it's known today, Paul Brown won seven championships as coach of the Cleveland Browns before establishing the Bengals in 1968.

Late last month, Mike Brown hinted at his forthcoming exit from football when he admitted that his daughter, executive vice president Katie Blackburn, has had a growing role in the team's daily operations. It has been under her guidance that recent multiyear and multimillion-dollar deals with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins and Andy Dalton have been signed the last two summers. Earlier this month, Dalton signed a six-year contract extension that will pay him up to $115 million.

"Oh, you can tell I'm getting old," Mike Brown said in July. "When you get old, your children get impatient with you. Just the way it works in life. I have been blessed to have been able to work with my two kids and my father. That's something that is unusual in America these days, and I realize that roles change. My role changed with my father, just as Katie's role with me changes.

"One time I went up. Now I'm going down and that's just the way it is."