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Week 17 Outlook
Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) is officially out for the season, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Mixon (foot) will not play in Week 17’s matchup against the Ravens and was officially ruled out for the season. He hasn’t played since Week 6’s loss to the Colts. Mixon finished the 2020 campaign with 428 rushing yards along with 21 receptions for 138 receiving yards and four total touchdowns. The Bengals will once again rely on Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine to handle RB duties in Week 17.
According to head coach Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals superstar running back Joe Mixon will not play Week 16 against the Houston Texans.
It is unclear why Cincinnati has not ruled Mixon out for the season if they already know he will not play this week, but here we are. Zac Taylor replied 'check back next week' when asked about Mixon's Week 16 status. 2020 has turned into a lost season for the promising running back. He will likely get RB1 treatment in drafts next year, but the Bengals will need to upgrade their offensive line if they want him to realize his potential.
When asked about the status of Joe Mixon, head coach Zac Taylor said “Check back next week.” It’s safe to assume that he will not play this week against Pittsburgh.
What originally started as a “minor” injury has now kept Mixon sidelined for eight weeks, not including this Sunday’s matchup. There is a very slim chance that he’s able to return to action this season.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) will not play in Week 14, per head coach Zac Taylor on Wednesday.
It’s not looking good for a Mixon return this season if he’s being ruled out a full four days in advance of gameday in Week 14. Once again it’ll be Giovani Bernard leading the way out of the backfield with some Samaje Perine sprinkled in. Bernard should be considered a low-end RB2 in a relatively favorable matchup against the Cowboys.
In a recent interview, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor confirmed that he would not shelve Joe Mixon for the rest of the year and that the team has “got two weeks to see how it heals and if he's able to come back.” He also alluded to Mixon’s December in 2019 where he played well and helped them secure two wins.
A lot of this could be coach speak, but Mixon is eligible to return prior to Week 14’s matchup against the Cowboys and could possibly suit up for it if 100% healthy. Early reports were that Mixon would return for that week, but in the wake of Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury there are rumors that Mixon would be shut down for the year. Zac Taylor is doing his best to lay those rumors to rest. If Mixon is able to return to practice next week that would bode well for his Week 14 availability.