Joe Mixon

Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #28
Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #28
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Stars in trick-play score

Mixon rushed the ball 15 times for 72 yards in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams. He added five receptions for one yard and also threw a six-yard touchdown.

Analysis: Mixon was effective as a rusher, delivering three gains of at least 10 yards. However, his primary impact came midway through the second quarter when he delivered a six-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins in the back corner of the end zone on a trick play. Mixon posted one of his better games of the postseason and combined to record 160 rushing yards combined between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. He'll return to Cincinnati as the team's lead back for the 2022 season, and it's possible that he'll have more running lanes if the Bengals upgrade their offensive line during the offseason.

Feb 13, 2022 8:24 PM EST

Another productive effort

Mixon rushed the ball 21 times for 88 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. He added three receptions for 27 yards.

Analysis: Mixon was the only running back to get a carry out of Cincinnati's backfield, and he worked fairly effectively on the ground. His longest rush of the day went for 23 yards late in the first quarter and pushed Cincinnati into field-goal range for their first score of the game. Mixon was also a major contributor in the team's game-sealing drive in overtime, as he broke off a 13-yard run to set up a field goal three plays later. He has now topped 100 total yards in consecutive games heading into a Super Bowl matchup against either the Rams of 49ers.

Jan 30, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Tops 100 total yards

Mixon rushed the ball 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans. He added six receptions for 51 yards.

Analysis: Mixon was involved in all aspects of the Bengals' offense, as he accounted for 14 of the team's 18 rushing attempts while also racking up seven targets. He wasn't all that productive on the ground, though he did find the end zone on a 16-yard rush early in the third quarter. Mixon was also far more efficient as a receiver and topped 50 receiving yards for only the second time since Week 9 of the regular season. Though the passing attack has gotten the majority of the attention during Cincinnati's recent run of strong play, Mixon will be a key contributor in the AFC Championship Game.

Jan 22, 2022 6:19 PM EST

Contained in wild-card round

Mixon ran for 48 yards on 17 carries and caught four passes for 28 yards on five targets against Las Vegas on Saturday.

Analysis: It's a reassuring workload and a reminder that Mixon can take on a high volume of touches depending on the flow of a game, but the Raiders did a good job containing Mixon from scrimmage in this one. The Bengals mostly needed Mixon to run out the clock in the 26-19 victory, and he played that part effectively.

Jan 15, 2022 5:51 PM EST

Comes off COVID list

The Bengals activated Mixon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Mixon was forced to miss the regular-season finale against Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19, but now that he's cleared the league's health and safety protocols he can officially return to team facilities. Cincinnati's offense will thus have its star running back available in practice leading up to Saturday's wild-card round matchup against the Raiders.

Jan 10, 2022 9:42 AM EST

Still on COVID list

Mixon remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: Mixon, who landed on the list Wednesday, wasn't activated by the Bengals ahead of Week 18 action, so until he clears the NFL's COVID protocols, look for Samaje Perine to head the team's backfield, with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams in the mix to see complementary work.

Jan 8, 2022 3:55 PM EST

Officially on COVID list

Mixon (illness) has been officially placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mixon reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and is not in line to play Sunday against the Browns. If that's the case, Samaje Perine would be in line to head the Bengals' Week 18 backfield, with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams in the mix to see complementary work.

Jan 5, 2022 12:50 PM EST

Set for COVID list, to miss Week 18

Mixon (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will reportedly miss Sunday's game against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Bengals haven't yet officially confirmed Schefter's report, but it appears inevitable that Mixon is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the near future. Samaje Perine will stand to inherit the lead role in Cincinnati's backfield if Mixon is indeed ruled out for Week 18, while Chris Evans would also handle a larger offensive role.

Jan 5, 2022 7:51 AM EST

Stays busy in win

Mixon rushed 12 times for 46 yards while catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over Kansas City.

Analysis: Mixon put forth a workmanlike effort, racking up 86 scrimmage yards despite none of his 19 touches going for more than 15 yards. He was stuffed from the Chiefs' one-yard line on the Bengals' final drive, but that proved to be a blessing in disguise for Cincinnati, as a subsequent penalty on the defense allowed the Bengals to run out the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal. Mixon has at least 18 touches in each of his last nine games heading into the season finale in Cleveland.

Jan 2, 2022 2:14 PM EST

Big bounce-back effort

Mixon ran for 65 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries while catching six passes for 70 yards and one touchdown on six targets against Baltimore on Sunday.

Analysis: Mixon had a quiet few weeks preceding this game, but with this strong dual-threat output he's back on rhythm as the Bengals head into a crucial Week 17 matchup against the Chiefs. Mixon's usage is very high almost every week in the Cincinnati offense, and he'll be in good position for a productive finish to the season especially if quarterback Joe Burrow can maintain his momentum after a 525-yard, four-touchdown breakout game against the Ravens.

Dec 26, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Ankle apparently fine

Mixon (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: That answers any questions about his Week 16 availability, after Mixon hurt his ankle late in Sunday's win over the Broncos. Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that he expected Mixon to be a limited participant Wednesday, but the running back instead managed to practice without any restrictions. He'll lead the Cincinnati backfield this Sunday against the Ravens.

Dec 22, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Slated to practice Wednesday

Mixon (ankle) will practice Wednesday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: It's plausible that Mixon will be listed as a limited participant, but coach Zac Taylor noted that the running back is "feeling pretty good" at this stage. With that in mind, Mixon's status should still be monitored closely, but he's trending in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Ravens approaches.

Dec 22, 2021 10:14 AM EST

May have reps capped in practice

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Mixon will likely begin Week 16 prep as a limited participant in practice after injuring his left ankle in Sunday's win over the Broncos, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: According to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, Taylor said reports on Mixon's ankle injury are "encouraging," so the running back looks like he'll have a good chance to play next weekend against Baltimore even if his reps are capped in practices Wednesday through Friday. Mixon handled a relatively normal snap share (59 percent) in the 15-10 win over Denver, but he struggled to find much open real estate as a runner (17 carries for 58 yards) or as a receiver (one catch for two yards).

Dec 20, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Bottled up by Broncos

Mixon carried the ball 17 times for 58 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over Denver. He added one reception for two yards.

Analysis: Mixon was limited to under 60 rushing yards for the third consecutive game and was held out of the end zone in consecutive contests for the first time since Week 3. Of particular concern is Mixon's lack of involvement in the passing game of late, as he's recorded only seven catches across his last five contests. More positively, he continued to dominate work out of the backfield, accounting for 17 of the 26 rush attempts for Cincinnati. Finally, it will be worth monitoring Mixon's practice status throughout the week, as he appeared to suffer an ankle injury on one of the team's final drives, according to Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site.

Dec 19, 2021 5:14 PM EST

Held in check Sunday

Mixon carried the ball 18 times for 58 yards and caught both his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: For the first time since Week 3, Mixon failed to get into the end zone as his nine-game TD streak got snapped. He also didn't sniff 100 scrimmage yards for the second consecutive contest, after reaching that mark in three straight. Mixon still reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season, the third time in his career he's accomplished that feat, and he'll look to get back to his scoring ways in Week 15 against the Broncos.

Dec 12, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Mixon (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Though an illness prevented Mixon from practicing this past week, he'll give it a go Sunday and assuming no setbacks, he should lead the Bengals' Week 14 rushing attack, with Samaje Perine on hand to work in a complementary role and Trayveon Williams in reserve.

Dec 12, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Expected to play in Week 14

Mixon (illness) is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: An illness led to Mixon not practicing this past week, but Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site previously relayed that coach Zac Taylor anticipated that the team's top running back would be ready to suit up versus San Francisco. Official confirmation of Mixon's Week 14 status will arrive upon the release of his team's inactives prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

Dec 12, 2021 4:20 AM EST

Listed as questionable for Sunday

Mixon (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's 4:25 ET game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Though an illness prevented Mixon from practicing this past week, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site relays that coach Zac Taylor anticipates the running back being able to play this weekend. Look for added clarity with regard to Mixon's Week 14 availability to arrive no later than late Saturday/early Sunday when national reporters such as ESPN's Adam Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport issue their weekly injury/status updates. If Mixon ends up limited or out, however, added backfield work would be available for Samaje Perine.

Dec 10, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Remains sidelined

Though Mixon (illness) was present for practice Friday, he was not a participant, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Mixon, who has been dealing with an unspecified illness all week, figures to be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. That said, coach Zac Taylor anticipates the running back being able to play, with Ben Baby of noting that the team should have a better idea of where Mixon's Week 14 status stands after he's evaluated Saturday.

Dec 10, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Not at practice Thursday

Mixon (illness) wasn't seen warming up Thursday and will go down as a non-participant on the Bengals' official practice report, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Mixon wasn't in attendance for Wednesday's session either due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, so he'll likely need to get back on the field in some capacity Friday to avoid taking a designation into Sunday's game against the 49ers. Since the Bengals' Week 10 bye, Mixon has handled heavy workloads in each of the subsequent three contests, averaging 27 touches per game during that stretch. Samaje Perine is the next man up out of the backfield if Mixon ends up sitting out or is limited in any capacity Sunday.

Dec 9, 2021 10:21 AM EST

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