Lewis was asked about preparing for Manziel, who will start for Cleveland against the Bengals this weekend, during a radio interview on Monday.
"You’ll get a little bit more movement if Manziel’s the quarterback, the thing that they did against Buffalo," Lewis said. "But other than that, no, that doesn’t impact you at all. You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player. Particularly a midget."
Lewis later apologized for the remark.
Manziel, who is listed at 5-foot-11, said he didn't think too much of the comment.
"I don't think they'd say that about Drew Brees. It didn't really get to me," Manziel said, according to USA Today. "It's absolutely funny. I'm not going to sprout five inches over the course of the week. My height is my height. And I need to overcome it with other pieces of my game."
Cleveland is still in the playoff hunt at 7-6, but the team sits in last place in the AFC North. The Browns won their first game against the Bengals this year 24-3 in Week 10 with Brian Hoyer at quarterback.
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