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The health scares suffered by Denver head coach John Fox and Houston’s Gary Kubiak last weekend were more reminders of how stressful and demanding the job can be at the NFL level.

“It’s something that I think we’re conscious of all of the time,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “But I do think we’re all more health conscious than everybody used to be, and it’s important.”

Fox remains in the hospital following an incident on a Charlotte golf course Saturday during the Broncos’ bye weekend. He had aortic valve replacement surgery and is expected to miss a few weeks.

Kubiak collapsed on the sideline Sunday night while heading to the locker room for halftime. He has been released from the hospital after suffering what was diagnosed as a mini-stroke, but it is unclear when he will return to his position.

“Obviously I feel for those guys,” Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said. “I could be the next one. I take this stuff pretty hard. Somebody texted me and said ‘it’s OK. You let it out so you don’t keep the stress in.’

“It’s a stressful job, but we all do it because we love it and being around the guys and things like that,” Zimmer added. “I know I haven’t worked out since training camp started. I probably need to get my butt in the weight room.”

Statue stunner: On the weekly conference call with Cincinnati media Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked what his reaction was when he found out earlier this year that his alma mater, Miami University, was building a statue of him in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza.

“I was stunned,” Habaugh said. “My first thing was to say no way. You can’t do that. I didn’t want to bring down the Cradle or lessen the value. In all honesty they had to talk me into it.

“It’s overwhelming in the sense that I have so much respect for Miami and the Cradle of Coaches. Really all the guys that I played with and the coaches I had. It feels like something that was never dreamed of.”

Harbaugh graduated from Miami in 1984, and although he never coached at the school, he will become the 10th man honored in bronze in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza.

Injury report: Linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee), defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow) and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday.

Neither Maualuga nor Still is expected to play Sunday in Baltimore.

Whitworth, who had offseason knee surgery and has missed two games this year due to knee injuries, including last Thursday in Miami, is expected to take a “veterans day” each Wednesday for the remainder of the season.

Four other players were listed as limited – running back Giovani Bernard (ribs), linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring), tight end Jermaine Gresham (groin) and right guard Kevin Zeitler (hamstring).

Roster move: The Bengals added defensive tackle Kheeston Randall to fill the opening created Monday when the NFL voided the contract of Christo Bilukidi.

Randall is a second-year player whom Miami drafted in the seventh round in 2012. The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder from Texas played in 12 games for the Dolphins as a rookie, logging eight tackles.

He was released by Miami on Aug. 31.

Bilukidi signed with the Bengals on Monday but the Canadian’s work permit was invalid after being waived by the Raiders on Oct. 23.

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