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Joe Mixon

Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #28
Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #28
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Joe Mixon News

Garners 21 touches Week 2

Mixon notched 20 carries for 69 yards and one catch (on one target) for two yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss at Chicago.

Analysis: Mixon led the NFL in rushing after Week 1, with his 127 yards 19 ahead of second place David Montgomery. But Mixon faced a much tougher defensive front in the Bears this time around, averaging a shade under 3.5 yards after managing 4.4 YPC against the Vikings in the season opener. After ceding five rushes to reserve running back Samaje Perine in Week 1, however, Mixon handled every single carry for the Bengals on Sunday, indicating his bell-cow status in this backfield. Mixon may have a difficult time again next Sunday against the rough and tumble Steelers on the road.

Sep 19, 2021 2:21 PM EST

Totals 150 yards, TD in busy opener

Mixon rushed 29 times for 127 times and a touchdown while catching all four of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Mixon needed some attention at the training table in the first half, per

Sep 12, 2021 2:21 PM EST

Gets two touches

Mixon recorded two rushes for four yards in Friday's preseason game against Washington.

Analysis: Mixon appeared to have a 17-yard reception on the team's first offensive play of the game, though that was canceled out by a holding call. Instead, he was limited to only two rushes and has only three carries in two preseason games. Of course, that's fine for the time being, as Mixon figures to carry a heavy workload once the regular season begins against Minnesota on Sept. 12.

Aug 20, 2021 9:47 PM EST

Excited for new O-line coach

Mixon is pleased with the hiring of offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who previously held the same job for Cincinnati in 2018, ESPN's Ben Baby reports.

Analysis: The 2018 season was the best of Mixon's career, featuring high-water marks for rushing yards (1,168), total yards (1,464), touchdowns (nine) and YPC (4.9), even though he missed two games. He voiced his frustration on Twitter back in 2019 when the Bengals parted ways with Pollack and allowed new head coach Zac Taylor to bring in Jim Turner for the O-line job. Turner is now gone, with Taylor recruiting Pollack in January and giving him the additional title of run-game coordinator. Pollack is tasked with fixing a line that was one of the league's worst last season, hoping the offseason additions of veteran RT Riley Reiff and rookie guard Jackson Carman (second-round pick) can help turn things around. A healthier season from Mixon would also go a long way, and the veteran back reportedly looked healthy at OTAs after missing 10 games with a foot injury last season. He'll turn 25 in July, entering the first season of a four-year, $48 million extension.

Jun 24, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Feeling healthy again

Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Mixon (foot) is healthy and feeling good, reports.

Analysis: Mixon missed the final 10 games of the regular season but never ended up needing surgery. His foot apparently got better with rest, so he should be ready to practice whenever the Bengals first take the field. There's been talk of Giovani Bernard being traded or released, which could in turn free up more passing-down snaps and targets for Mixon, a capable pass catcher in his own right.

Mar 26, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Ruled out for finale

Mixon (foot) will not suit up against the Ravens in Week 17, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Mixon won't return from IR for Sunday's game against the Ravens, priming Giovani Bernard for another start while Samaje Perine works behind him. The 24-year-old hasn't played since Week 6. Mixon concludes the 2020 campaign with 428 rushing yards (3.6 YPC) and three scores across six contests. He also secured 21 of 26 targets for 138 yards and another touchdown.

Dec 28, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Won't play in Week 16

Coach Zac Taylor relayed Wednesday that Mixon (foot) won't play Sunday against the Texans, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Beyond that, Taylor noted "we'll see about next week" with regard to the possibility of the running back returning for the Bengals' season finale. In Mixon's ongoing absence, Giovani Bernard, will continue to head the team's backfield, with Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams on hand to work in complementary roles.

Dec 23, 2020 10:00 AM EST

No changes to designation

Coach Zac Taylor said Saturday that Mixon (foot) has not had any changes to his injury designation, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Taylor declined to reveal whether Mixon has sought a second opinion on his injury, but he at least affirmed that the 24-year-old will not require surgery. Mixon is set to miss his eighth straight contest due to his lingering foot issue, and while it still appears as though he could still come off IR before the end of the season, the Bengals haven't offered anything resembling an official timetable for his return. Giovani Bernard, Trayveon Williams and Samaje Perine will continue to work out of the backfield in the meantime.

Dec 19, 2020 9:55 AM EST

Not ready to return

Mixon (foot) won't be activated for Monday night's game against the Steelers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Mixon could still return before the close of the season, but this week some combo of Giovani Bernard, Trayveon Williams and Samaje Perine will handle the Bengals' rushing duties versus Pittsburgh.

Dec 17, 2020 9:09 AM EST

Not ready to return

Mixon (foot) won't return to practice this week, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: There had been some hope that Mixon might re-take the field this week, but that's on hold for now. Though the running back won't suit up in Week 14, the Bengals aren't ruling out a Mixon return before the end of the season. In his continued absence, Giovani Bernardand Samaje Perine will head the team's backfield.

Dec 9, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Aiming to return Week 14

The Bengals believe Mixon (foot) will be ready to return from IR in Week 14 against the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mixon needs to be at 100 percent before returning to the field, and the team hopes a three-week stint on injured reserve will make that a reality. The team's playoff hopes look grimmer every week, so while there isn't a rush to get Mixon back, he is expected to return by the end of the season. In the meantime, Giovani Bernard is expected to head the backfield while Samaje Perine rotates in.

Nov 21, 2020 11:41 AM EST

Placed on IR

Mixon (foot) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: This lingering foot injury has already caused Mixon to miss three straight games, and he didn't practice at all during that stretch. Now, he'll be shut down for at least three more games, and he won't be available until Week 14 against the Cowboys at the earliest. Giovani Bernard is expected to lead the backfield moving forward, with Samaje Perine rotating in.

Nov 21, 2020 11:04 AM EST

Won't return this week

Coach Zac Taylor revealed Friday that Mixon (foot) won't play Sunday against Washington, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Mixon -- who last played Oct. 18 -- still sidelined, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine are in line to head the Bengals' rushing attack in Week 11.

Nov 20, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Not spotted at practice Friday

Mixon (foot) wasn't spotted during the open portion of Friday's practice, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: With that, Mixon doesn't seem likely to suit up Sunday against Washington, but it remains to be seen if he'll be officially ruled out for the contest upon the release of Friday's injury report. Next up for the team's carries if Mixon remains out are Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine.

Nov 20, 2020 10:06 AM EST

Idle for another practice

Mixon (foot) won't practice Thursday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Considering Mixon hasn't even been able to resume practicing on a limited basis since picking up the injury in an Oct. 18 loss to the Colts, he's seemingly trending toward missing his fourth straight game this Sunday in Washington. Before ruling on his status for the weekend, the Bengals will wait and see if Mixon is able to fit in any on-field activity at Friday's practice. Giovani Bernard would be in line for another start if Mixon ends up being ruled out for Week 11.

Nov 19, 2020 11:21 AM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Mixon (foot) is not participating in Wednesday's practice, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Coach Zack Taylor called Mixon "day-to-day" Wednesday and said he'll be monitored in practice this week, per John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 24-year-old running back still has yet to resume practicing since suffering a right foot injury Week 6. Unless Mixon able to take a tangible step forward Thursday and/or Friday, it looks like Giovani Bernard could get another chance to lead Cincinnati's backfield, with Samaje Perine operating in the No.2 role.

Nov 18, 2020 11:25 AM EST

Officially will not play Sunday

Mixon (foot) was officially ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The only thing surprising about this designation is that it didn't come sooner considering Mixon was unable to practice all week. Giovani Bernard will once again get the start in a difficult matchup with Samaje Perine expected to aid as a complementary piece.

Nov 14, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Considered doubtful for Week 10

Mixon (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Mixon likely to miss Sunday's contest, Giovani Bernard is in line to head the Bengals' Week 10 rushing attack, with Samaje Perine on hand to work in a complementary role.

Nov 13, 2020 11:06 AM EST

Still not practicing

Mixon (foot) is not participating in Thursday's practice, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Despite having just had a bye week to get extra rest, Mixon still hasn't been deemed fit to resume handling even limited practice reps. A right foot injury has kept Mixon from playing since Week 6, and unless he's able to take a significant step forward Friday, it looks like Giovani Bernard could be in line to draw another start against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Nov 12, 2020 11:10 AM EST

Working on the side Wednesday

Mixon (foot) is rehabbing on the side at Wednesday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mixon isn't ready to resume participating in team drills, but it's at least encouraging to see that he's handling rehab work, and Ben Baby of noted that coach Zac Taylor has been encouraged by the running back's progress. If Mixon is able to upgrade his level of participation over the next two days, he could have a shot at retaking the field in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Nov 11, 2020 11:15 AM EST

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