Joe Mixon

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

Feeling healthy again

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


No team drills yet

Mixon (foot) won't participate in team drills in Wednesday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The report does note that coach Zac Taylor has been encouraged by the running back's progress, with Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site suggesting that Mixon could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Steelers. The last time he suited up was in Week 6.

Nov 11, 2020 9:45 AM EST


Sitting out Sunday

Mixon (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Mixon now will miss back-to-back contests due to a right foot injury suffered Week 6. With a Week 9 bye on tap, he'll aim to return Sunday, Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, but in the meantime Giovani Bernard will lead the Bengals backfield.

Oct 30, 2020 11:38 AM EST


Not likely to play Sunday

Coach Zac Taylor acknowledged Friday that "it doesn't look good" for Mixon (foot) in terms of the running back playing Sunday against the Titans, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There's a pretty solid chance that Mixon will be officially ruled out later Friday and if that's the case, Giovani Bernard will once again lead the Bengals' backfield in Week 8.

Oct 30, 2020 9:20 AM EST


Not practicing Friday

Mixon (foot) won't participate at Friday's practice, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old is certainly trending in the wrong direction, as he was unable to practice in any capacity this week. Mixon appears poised to miss his second straight contest, and his status will be confirmed when Cincinnati releases its injury report later in the day. Assuming he's unavailable, Giovani Bernard is in line to lead the Bengals' backfield again Sunday versus the Titans.

Oct 30, 2020 8:12 AM EST


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